Norman joined the Royal Marines in 1947 at Royal Marines Depot, Deal in 474 Squad. On completion of basic training he was Awarded ‘Diamond’ then going on to further training at the Infantry Training Centre (ITC) and the Commando School, Bickleigh.
On completion of training Norman joined 42 Commando for two and half years which saw him serving in Malta, Tripoli, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan and Hong Kong. This was followed in 1952 by one and half years at the Amphibious School for training after which he embarked on HMS Zebruggee to the Monte Bello Islands, Australia for Atomic testing.
After further amphibious training Norman served at HMS Newcastle Far East and East Indies Stations. During his time aboard HMS Alert he had the privilege of being selected for the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard. These ships provided an opportunity to see the world – calling at Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, India, Ceylon, Pakistan, Iran and Trucial States. 1957 – 59 saw Norman, once again, in a high profile position as a Guide on HMS VICTORY and orderly to the Admiral.
Three months prior to completing 12 years in the Corps, Norman served on HMS ANZIO in the Mediterranean, finally returning to Royal Marines Barracks, Eastney to complete his leaving routine in 1959. Norman was a keen fitness enthusiast and has represented the Corps at Hockey.