Service Number: NZC437340
RNZAF Trade: Pilot
Date of Enlistment: 14th of May 1943
Date of Birth: 22nd of January 1925 at Rotorua
Personal Details: Norman was the son of Joseph and Sarah Jane (Jennie) Rosser. He was the brother of Edna Oates, Myrtle Vinall and Gordon Rosser. He was educated at Rotorua District High and Grammar School
Around the age of 15 years old he moved from Rotorua to live with his sister Myrtle Vinall and her husband George Vinall, who ran a dairy at the corner of Shakespeare Street and Raleigh Street in Leamington, Cambridge.
Norman's first job was working at the mercery and drapery store Sayers and Ward in Victoria Street, Cambridge. Sometime later he also worked on a farm outside of Cambridge.
After the war Norman married Hilda, who he'd met at Auckland in a Methodist Church Choir event while staying with aunties. They settled back in Cambridge and for a time Norman worked for the Milne and Choyce department store in Hamilton. He then went into business with a partner creating his own haberdashery and linen import business, Hyde & Rosser, with branches in Hamilton and Tauranga.
Norman and Hilda moved to Australia when his partnership in the business dissolved and Norman worked for the Davy Jones department stores there. However he gained his commercial pilots licence whilst in Australia, and he planned to join Qantas as an airline pilot. This did not eventuate when Hilda decided she wanted to move back to New Zealand. Eventually their marriage broke up in 1969, and later Norman remarried Kathy. Norman and Kathy lived in Mount Roskill, Auckland, till his death in 2010.
Norman had been a member of the Christiana Ski Club and was a Ski Patrol Leader on Mount Ruapehu. hewas past president of the St Andrews Tennis Club in Hamilton, and a member of the Commerce Club in Auckland. He was also very artistic, enjoying drawing and painting, and also drew cartoons. And Norman also arranged and appeared in a fair bit of amateur theatre type of shows such as skits through to light operatic material.
Service Details: Norman enlisted at RNZAF Station Omaka, Blenheim, as an Aircrafthand (ATC).
Date of Death: 17th of July 2010, at Auckland
Cremated at: Purewa Crematorium, Auckland
Connection with Cambridge: Norman lived here before, during and after the Second World War
Thanks To: Kathy Rosser, Bryan Cox, and Bob Wright for information on this page.