An interesting QSA to 89th (Montgomery) Imperial Yeomanry – Mentioned in Dispatches and medal presented by Lord Kitchener at Powis Castle.
Queen’s South Africa, clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, S. Africa 1901 and S. Africa 1902.
to – 33918 Tpr. J. Norris, 89th Coy. Imp. Yeo.
Correct on roll and with copy of service papers.
James Norris, a clerk, was born in Liverpool in 1875 but enlisted into the 89th Company IY (one of the Montgomeryshire companies) at Ruabon on 16th March 1901 and discharged in July 1902.
He was mentioned in dispatches by Lord Kitchener LG 5th Sept. 1901 and promoted to Corporal after being “mentioned”.
He was one of three men of 89th Coy MID for the action at Rhenoster-fontein on 5th Sept. 1901 and was specially appointed “King’s Corporal” (as were the two others) – an honorary promotion to supernumerary Corporal as a reward for distinguished service.
His medal was one of those presented by Lord Kitchener to 88 and 89 Coys. in a formal presentation at Powis Castle on 6th Sept. 1902, and in his address to the troops and families, he specially referred to the three men of 89th Coy who were “mentioned“:
“… it is with great satisfaction that I recall the fact that in your first action at Rhenosterfontein three of your troopers, Corpl. Eaton, Corpl. Norris and Corpl.Pritchard were especially promoted by me for gallantry in the field”
With copies of rolls, newspaper accounts, Montgomery Yeo history etc.
A few slight contact marks about GVF.