On 1st December 1939 he was recalled to the army and in the same month married at Chelmsford Cathedral. Norman went overseas in August 1942 but was killed in action on Sunday, 18th July 1943 whilst serving as Lieutenant 217431 with the 10th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment in Catania.
The Essex Chronicle later reported that he had lost his life after returning to help comrades who had been cut off in woods - previously he had led other comrades out safely. The 27 year-old's widow lived at 62 Baddow Road in Chelmsford. He was buried in grave II. D. 37 at the Catania War Cemetery in Sicily.