Norbert was a nineteen year old Miner living at Copeton when he enlisted in January 1916 and joined the First Contingent of Kurrajongs. On his enlistment papers he stated he was born at Kempsey NSW and that he was the son of Martin Hayes of Copeton.
Whilst home on final leave in April 1916, he and fellow Kurrajong Private Patterson were given a Farewell function at which they were both presented with an engraved fountain pen. By 6 May 1916 Norbert had deserted the Army at Rutherford. No further information is known about him.