Norman Arthur Hillier

Norman Arthur Hillier

Male 1896 - 1962  (65 years)

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  • Name Norman Arthur Hillier 
    Born 10 Sep 1896  Platt, Wrotham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 02 May 1962  Chichester, SSX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I576  CATH UK
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2016 

    Family Helen Mary ''CISSIE or TITTA'' Hawke,   b. 24 Jul 1900, Thornton Heath, SRY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1994, Bosham, SSX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 10 Oct 1936  Christ Church, Thornton Heath Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F208  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Norman Hillier m. Helen Mary Hawke 1936
    Norman Hillier m. Helen Mary Hawke 1936

  • Notes 
    • From a letter from Irčne in Sept 2000

      We stayed at the Hermy till all of a sudden the three sisters decided to marry: first Roy and me, then your parents. Norm's sisters were friends of Auntie Maggie's (Roy's mother). Don't know when they went to Australia. When he - a flautist - came back with a musical comedy he had written and hoped to see on in the West End - and similar hopeful ideas - Auntie Maggie lent him "Nonsuch" while it was empty. And there Roy and I met him, living on rice and raisins, and writing a play. When Nonsuch was let, I asked Mum if he could live in the old kitchen at the Hermy. Cis said "Who IS this chap you are landing on us?" I said he is having the kitchen to live in - nothing to do with you - or any of us. As you may imagine dear Norm became at once the one sane head in the sort of bedlam the Hermy was becoming. He did everything the place needed to keep it standing.
      We all felt superior because it was a silly idea to imagine one could write a successful musical. Uncle Bert Sayers said "Someone should tell that young man." But when he had played the music, he thought everything should be done to encourage him. Instead he flabbergasted everyone by marrying Cis, and when war came took a job in armaments up North where he would be unlikely to hear bombs.