He was born on the 8th September 1897, in Essendon, Herts. Son of Edward and Agnes Fowler. Baptised on the 3rd October 1897, in Essendon, Herts. Norris was one of 4 children. He was a resident of Waltham Abbey, Essex. The 1901 census shows Norris aged 3 living with his Parents, Brother and Sister at 9 Franchise Place, Waltham Abbey, Essex and the 1911 census shows Norris aged 13 living with his widowed Mother, 2 Brothers and Sister, at 9 Franchise Place, Waltham Abbey, Essex.