NORWEST HENRY LOUIS

NORWEST HENRY LOUIS
FIRST WORLD WAR
 

 

 

One of the most famous Canadian snipers in the First World War was a Métis who bore the name of Henry Louis Norwest . Norwest was born in Fort Saskatchewan , Alberta. He was French and Cree ancestry . Lance Corporal served for nearly three years in the 50th Canadian Infantry Battalion and set a record : it took 115 shots mortels.33Norwest , which was a farm boy and had participated in rodeos, also won the Military Medal Button , which was one of about 830 members of the CEF to be awarded this honor twice .

The military career of Norwest never knew such a glorious beginning. He enlisted in January 1915 under the name of Henry Louie, and was released three months later because of misconduct. He waited eight months , then enlisted under a new name with a clean record .

Norwest proved to be an inspiration to his unit. Here's what one of his friends wrote about him:

Our famous sniper knew better than most of us the value of life and of death. Henry Norwest carried out his terrible duty superbly because he believed his special skill gave him no choice but to fulfill this vital mission . Our elite 50th shooter passionately devoted to his task and showed a complete detachment when he was in front. ... And when we had the rare opportunity to cross , we find a pleasant and nice first. He was one of us and he always served as an inspiration .

The Sniping was a very dangerous role of infantry. Most shooters working in pairs , one observer, scanning the surroundings and reported movement of the enemy, and a shooter . It was said that Norwest had all the qualities necessary for Sniping : excellent shooter, he could stay still for long periods and had extraordinary camouflage techniques . He spent much of his service in the No Man 's Land , the dreaded area between opposing forces. In addition, Norwest and his observer often slipped behind enemy lines .

The Sharpshooter Battalion earned the MM in 1917 on a promontory of Vimy Ridge called " Bud ." The Canadian Corps , which was part of the massive Allied offensive , was to seize the ridge. The Allies had already tried unsuccessfully to seize . The carefully planned attack Canadians , it succeeds . The largest part of the ridge fell to the Canadians on the first day , April 9. Three days later , the two remaining enemy positions , including " Bud " were conquered .

In the citation accompanying the decoration was granted , Norwest he had shown " great courage , skill and initiative in her job as a sniper after taking the " Bud . " He succeeded in saving the lives of many of our men. "

The following year, a clip was added to the MM Norwest , but in the quote , it does not indicate the reason. In August 1918, he was again an unwavering courage. During the Battle of Amiens , France, Allied forces advanced 19 kilometers in three days. Norwest destroyed several enemy machine-gun positions and set a record of his battalion as a sniper .

A week later , the 50th was moving into position for its next task was the last mission of the sniper . On August 18 , three months before the end of the war, Norwest and two others were looking for a nest of dangerous enemy snipers . Maverick Métis was achieved by a sniper bullet and was killed instantly . For members of his battalion , a hero had disappeared .
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