Did you know World War II sergeant major?

A MILITARY researcher is asking for help in tracking down anyone who knew a former sergeant major who earned his stripes during the second world war.

Simon Muggleton, a member of the Orders and Medals Research Society, wants to hear from anyone associated with the late Colour Sergeant Major Norman Louis White.

Mr Muggleton, of Selmeston, near Polegate, is researching the career of SM White after acquiring his Army pay book and war service medals earlier this year.

He has already established a detailed account of his life but would like to track down a photograph of his subject.

SM White was the son of Philip and Lillian White (nee Roffe) who lived in Hastings. After leaving school he became a carpenter before enlisting as a Sapper with the Royal Engineers for a six year term at Eastbourne in February 1936.

By 1938 he had progressed to Lance Coporal and sent to the Royal Engineers HQ at Chatham Barracks.

He left the barracks in September 1939 to undertake training in Ripon, North Yorkshire for a month.

After that he trained in Elgin before rising to the rank of Section Sergeant of No 249 Field Company.

Later in 1941 he got married and set up home at 35 Fairlight Avenue in Ore.

In May 1942 the couple had a son called Michael Norman who died in 1995.

In 1943 he served in the No 264 Parachute regiment of the 6th Airborne Division and went on to take part in the D- Day landings.

In January 1944 Keith Ian was born but died one year later. In 1946 Lorna Rosemary was born but died in 1982 aged 36. SM White was demobbed from the army on August 12, 1948 and lived at 6 Tackleway, Hastings.

He applied for his campaign medals in 1949 and was forwarded the 1939/45 Star, the France and Germany Star and the Defence and War Medals. He died in Hastings on January 29, 2008.

Mr Muggleton said: “This man took part in the Normandy air operations and played his part in our war effort.

“I would love to hear from anyone who could help me honour him.” Call Simon on 01323 811376.