Norman Peer was born on 17 August 1895 in Oakville, Halton County, the son of John Charles “Charlie” Peer and his wife, Agnes Kivell. In 1897 Charlie Peer inherited Lot 5, south of Bay Street, from his mother, Emma Peer, and built a house on the lot.
Charlie Peer was a mariner and one of the crew of Captain Al Hare. They had helped to save the crew of the schooner Augusta when she ran aground off Port Credit in 1900.
Norman enlisted at Toronto on 1 December 1915 in the 126th Overseas Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was described as 5 feet 9¼ inches in height, with fair complexion, hazel eyes and fair hair and was assigned registration number 775362.
Norman appears to have returned from the war but died in Port Credit of tuberculosis on 18 May 1928. He is buried in Spring Creek Cemetery, Clarkson, Ontario.