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Captain Jacob Andrew Norman ("Norman") Hessler was an English officer of the British Army who died during the First World War.

He was born in Hartlepool, the son of Norwegian parents Jacob Kruse Muller and Killy Hessler. His father, who was naturalized in 1899, was a ship owner and timber merchant. Hessler received his education at Aysgarth and Malvern College, after which he entered his father's business.[1] In 1912, he was commissioned into the 5th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, of the Territorial Force.[2]

When war broke out in 1914, Hessler was in the Caribbean. He made a prompt return to Britain, joining his battalion, which he accompanied when it was dispatched to the Western Front in 1915. His obituary in the Times remarked on an initiative of his, that sought to alleviate the financial hardships of widows. That entailed his men making weekly voluntary contributions to the Company Sick Club, which would provide widows with financial support until they received a government grant. The Times noted that his efforts elicited the express approval of the Secretary of State for War and the Chancellor of the Exchequer.[1]

Aged 25, Hessler died on 27 May 1918, in the Third Battle of the Aisne. He had married just weeks before, to Mary Park, of Newcastle. His younger brother, Captain Jackie Hessler, who belonged to the same battalion, had been killed two months earlier.[1]

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Soissons Memorial.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Times (41816), p. 8: "Fallen Officers". 14 June 1918.
  2. The London Gazette (28672), p. 9581, cwgc.org. Retrieved 7 March 2014.

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