After some sixteen years of study, the author presents this account of the life and times of his Great, Great, Great Grandfather who was born in Watford in 1778 and who served with the 57th of Foot (The West Middlesex Regiment) from 1803 to 1816. Thomas Norris was present at the Battle of Albuhera during the Peninsular War, where on 16th May 1811 the 57th regiment earned their famous nickname "The Die Hards". The battle honour 'ALBUHERA' has remained synonymous with this proud regiment ever since. A donation will be made from the proceeds of the sale of this book to support the upkeep and maintenance of the British Army Cemetery at Elvas in Portugal, where those lost in the battle were taken for burial almost 200 years ago. These are thought to be among the oldest British Army war graves in existence anywhere in the world.
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