Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement/Norman, Francis Booth

NORMAN, Sir FRANCIS BOOTH (1830–1901), lieutenant-general, younger brother of Sir Henry Wylie Norman [q. v. Suppl. II], was born on 25 April 1830 in London. He entered Addiscombe, and obtained his commission in the Bengal army 8 Dec. 1848. On the mutiny of his regiment he was attached to the 14th (the Ferozepore Sikh) regiment of the Bengal infantry, and remained at Ferozepore during subsequent operations. In 1863 he took part in the second expedition against the Yusafzais at Ambela, and was present at the storming of the Conical hill and at the destruction of Laloo. He was mentioned in despatches, and added the frontier medal with clasp to the Mutiny medal. In the three following years he was engaged during the Bhutan campaign in the capture of Dewangiri and of the stockades in the Gurugaon Pass, serving as assistant quartermaster-general and receiving the clasp and brevet majority. In 1868 he took part in the Hazara campaign as second in command of the 24th (Punjab) regiment, again receiving the clasp. After an interval of ten years the Afghan war (1878-80) brought him fresh opportunities of distinction. He commanded the 24th regiment in the Bazar valley and the defence of Jagdallak, marching with Roberts's force from Kabul to Kandahar and taking part in the battle of Kandahar. Mentioned in several despatches, he received the medal with clasp, the bronze star, a C.B., and brevet colonelcy. During the war with Burma in 1885-6, he commanded the Bengal brigade of the Upper Burma field force, assisting in the occupation of Mandalay and Bhamo. He was thanked by the government of India and promoted to be K.C.B. He attained the rank of major-general on 1 Sept. 1889, and left India in 1891.

He died on 25 June 1901 at Dulwich, and was buried in West Norwood cemetery. He was twice married: (1) in 1852 to Eliza Ellen, daughter of lieutenant Nisbett, Bengal army, who died at Rawal Pindi in 1870; and (2) in March 1892 to Caroline Matilda, daughter of the Rev. W. W. Cazalet and widow of Major E. F. J. Rennick, Bengal staff corps, who survived him. He left three sons and three daughters, one of the latter, Edith, being the wife of Sir Louis W. Dane, G.C.I.E., C.S.I., lieutenant-governor of the Punjab. [The Times, 27 June 1901; Indian army lists, and official reports.]

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