Royal Marines Meritorious Service Medal, GVI, PO17120 Sgt N.L. May, Royal Marines.
Officially impressed: “PO 17120 SGT N.L. MAY. 28. 2. 1951.”
With original issue letter for the medal and full copy service papers.
Norman Louis May was born on 24th May 1899 in Gosport, Hampshire. By 21st January 1914 he was aged just 14 years and 7 months old, he enlisted for service with the Royal Marines as a Bugler Band Boy as a member of the Portsmouth Division.
He served throughout the war becoming of age on 26th April 1917 when he finally became a Private.
His papers then record that from 22nd-23rd April 1918 he “Took part in the attack on Zeebrugge, Belgium, signed Charles Trotman.” Followed by “Participated in the Ballot for the award of the V.C. granted for operations against Zeebrugge and Ostend on the night of the 22-23rd April 1918”.
Following the end of the war he continued his service for many years becoming Corporal on HMS Malaya on 18th January 1925, then Sergeant on HMS Hawkins, 19th August 1934.
He would continue his service through the whole of World War 2 before finally being released to the reserves on 18th September 1945 having seen over 31 years of service since he was only 14 years old.