M.C. Gazetted 2 Apr 1919:
"For conspicuous gallantry during operations on 11 Oct 1918, east of Naves, in command of his platoon, which he led with great courage and determination under heavy shell fire until wounded. While lying helpless on the ground, he continued to give orders to his platoon. He showed a fine disregard of danger."
Norman Relton Hitchon was born on 15 Dec 1892 in St. Lukes, Bolton and enlisted on 5 Sep 1914 with the 5th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and entered France on 12 Feb 1915. Commissioned with the West Yorkshire Regiment on 1 Nov 1917, Hitchon was attached to the 1/7th Bn., West Riding Regiment and wounded in action on 11 Oct 1918, for which he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. Repatriated to Dover on 14 Oct 1918, Hitchon was admitted to Hammerton Hospital, Sunderland the next day.