Norman enlisted in the Citizen Military Force (Reserves) on 5 Oct 1938 and was posted to 17th Militia Battalion. He was promoted to Lieutenant on the 1 May 1940 and transferred to the A.I.F. on 13 May 1940. He embarked for the Middle east on 19 Oct 1940 and returned to Australia on 28 Mar 1942. He was promoted to Captain on 1 Sept 1942 and embarked for Timor on 20 Sept 1942 on attachment to Sparrow Force. He returned to Australia on 9 Nov 1942. He was promoted Temporary Major on 28 Sept 1943 and Major on 25 Aug 1944.
He embarked for MOTORAI aboard "DAVID C SHANKS" on 6 May 1945, then embarked for British North Borneo aboard "KANIMBLA" on 2 Jun 1945 and returned to Australia aboard "ROBERT HILL" on 30 Oct 1945. he was discharged on 14 Nov 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He may now also be entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp .