Second Lieutenant John Norwood

5th ( Princess Charlotte of Wales') Dragoon Guards

30th October 1899, Ladysmith.

     "John Norwood, Lieutenant , 5th Dragoon Guards. On the 30th Oct. 1899, this officer went out from Ladysmith in charge of a small patrol of the 5th Dragoon Guards. They came under a heavy fire from the enemy, who were posted on a ridge in great force. The patrol, which had arrived within about 600 yards of the ridge, then retired at full speed. One man dropped, and Second Lieut. Norwood galloped back about 300 yards through heavy fire, dismounted, and picking up the fallen trooper, carried him out of fire on his back, at the same time leading his horse with one hand. The enemy kept up an incessant fire during the whole time that Second Lieutenant Norwood was carrying the man until he was quite out of range."

  John Norwood, Lieut., was the son of J. Norwood, Esq., of Pembury Lodge, near Beckenham. He was educated at Abbey School, Beckenham, at Rugby and at Oxford, and entered the 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Dragoon Guards on 8 Feb. 1899. He served in the Boer War from 1899 to 1900, and his Victoria Cross was announced in the London Gazette, 27 July, 1900.
    He became Captain, 5th Dragoon Guards, and joined the Reserve of Officers 1 Feb. 1911. Capt. J. Norwood, 2nd County of London Yeomanry (Captain, Reserve of Officers), attached 5th Dragoon Guards, was killed in action while serving in the European War on 8 Sept. 1914.


8th September 1914
Captain John Norwood VC, 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Killed in Action, age 38 Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Norwood; husband of Lillian. Remembered with honour Sablonnieres New Communal Cemetery, Seine-et-Marne, France.


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