King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


King, Norman Toynbee

Lieutenant ▪ 3rd Dragoon Guards

Norman Toynbee King, born on 20th August 1897, was admitted to King Edward’s School in January 1911. He had previously studied for 7 years with Mr Hume at Stanley House, where other future Old Edwardians such as WH Ehrhardt boarded and studied in the same period. Norman was the youngest son of Nancy and George, a brewer and distiller, and the family lived at ‘Park Mount’, Bristol Road, Edgbaston. Norman’s brother, George Geoffrey, also an Old Edwardian, served with the Warwickshire Yeomanry and later with the Imperial Camel Corps in Egypt, and he survived the war.

Norman does not appear in any School records, probably because he attended the School for less than a year.

In 1916, Norman obtained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Dragoon Guards. In 1918, he was sent to France as a Lieutenant, and was killed on 23rd March 1918 at Noreuil, aged twenty. He is commemorated on the Pozières Memorial, on the family memorial in Cofton Hackett Churchyard, and on Edgbaston Old Church Memorial.