Norman was born in Salford, Manchester to Thomas Campbell Futers and Alice Futers nee Pringle. Norman was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, and then Armstrong College. He was in his first year studying engineering at Armstrong College when war broke out.
Norman was gazetted to 2nd Lieutenant of the Northumberland Fusiliers, 3rd Battalion on 26th November 1916. He was then promoted to Lieutenant December 1917 and Acting Captain 16 September 1918. He later attained the rank of Captain.
In July 1916, he was attached to the 16th Battalion serving with the Expetitionary Force in France and Flanders. In July 1917, he was wounded during the attack on Nieuport 12 July 1917 and spent some time recovering at the Military Hospital in Glasgow/invalidated home. Following his recovery, Norman rejoined his battalion in France and attached to the Northumberland Fusiliers, 1st battalion.
He returned to France the following November and was posted to the 20th Battalion as Acting Captain. The break-up of that battalion saw him return as a Lieutenant in the 18th Battalion, and later as commander of 1st Battalion, again as Acting Captain, on 17th September 1918.
Norman was killed in the advance on Ribecourt on 27th September 1918 aged 21.