John Norwood

John Norwood

Memorial in St Michael's Church, East Peckham
Born (1876-09-08)8 September 1876
Beckenham, Kent
Died 8 September 1914(1914-09-08) (aged 38)
Sablonnieres, France
Buried at Sablonnieres New Communal Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1899-1914 
Rank Captain
Unit 5th Dragoon Guards
Awards Victoria Cross

Captain John Norwood VC (8 September 1876 – 8 September 1914) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Early military career

Norwood was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Dragoon Guards on 8 February 1899.

Victoria Cross details

Norwood was 23 years old, and a second lieutenant in the 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales's), British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place at Ladysmith for which he was awarded the VC:

On the 30th October, 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 Lieutenant 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.[1]

He served in Transvaal and the Orange River Colony, and was promoted to lieutenant on 27 June 1900. He stayed with the Guards regiment in South Africa until the war ended in May 1902, and left for Calcutta on the SS Umlazi two months later.[2]

Later military career

Norwood later achieved the rank of captain. He served in the First World War and was killed in action during the First Battle of the Marne at Sablonnieres, France, on 8 September 1914.


A brass memorial to him can be seen in St Michael's Church, East Peckham, Kent[3]

His VC is on display at the Lord Ashcroft Gallery in the Imperial War Museum, London.


  1. The London Gazette: no. 27212. p. 4509. 20 July 1900. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  2. "The Army in South Africa - Troops returning home". The Times (36821). London. 16 July 1902. p. 11.
  3. CWGC entry

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