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Routes of Remembrance: Marine Norman Isbister

On 8th July 1944, Marine Norman Isbister died of injuries received from a road accident while based at HMS Proserpine, Hoy. He was only 21.

On Wednesday, 8th of October 2021, a group of military veterans in Orkney came together to remember him at a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial and by his gravestone at the Finstown Old Cemetery.

Image credit Rachael Taylor

The quiet and dignified commemoration is part of the Veterans Charity Routes of Remembrance.

Veteran Simon Brodie, was in attendance along with veterans Nick Morrison and David McLaughlin.

Marine Norman Isbister, RM Engineers 12788, is remembered at grave 319, Finstown Old Cemetery.

You can read more about HMS Proserpine on the link above and here:

Assignment on HMS Prosperine

Then and Now – Hoy at War: A Photographic Journey

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  1. Thank you to all those who supported the Routes of Remembrance whilst in Orkney and highlighting that not all deaths in war are down to enemy action, but are still nonetheless tragic, such as all Royal Marines Engineer Isbister 12788, RM. Gone, but not forgotten. Thank you all for your service. Iain, Trustee, The Veterans Charity.

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