This item appeared under the heading of Neston, a town on the west coast of the Wirral Peninsula, which was formerly a part of Cheshire, and is now in the administrative county of Merseyside.
. - Corporal James Norris, son of Mr. Richard Norris, of Backwood Farm, has just received the South African medal with five bars, viz., Diamond Hill, Johannesburg, Driefontein, Paardeberg, and Relief of Kimberley. Norris, as will be seen, went through some severe fighting, chiefly under General French, and unfortunately he lost his right arm in thus rendering good service to his country. This occurred in one of those small affairs which are ignored by the historian, but which afford such opportunities for individual prowess. Norris, in company with some thirty others, was engaged in an attack on a farmhouse, when his party was surprised by an overwhelming body of Boers, who, from an advantageous position, poured down a tremendous fire upon them. Norris received a wound in the leg, and his arm was so badly shattered that it was afterwards amputated. He lay thus wounded for over twelve hours, a devoted comrade standing by him until reinforcements came up and he was removed. Norris, who is a very young man, has, of course, received a life pension, owing to his irreparable injury. Owing to his innate modesty, his stirring adventures have hitherto escaped the local papers.
"33,915 Lance-Corpl. James Norris, 20, Lawrence road, Liverpool." was given as being a member of the 89th (Montgomeryshire) Company Imperial Yeomanry, in the Towyn-on-Sea and Merioneth County Times, Thursday 11th April 1901. The same man?
Lance-Corpl. J. Norris, No. 5547 2nd Cheshire detachment 1st Battalion of Mounted Infantry, South African Field Force. has written home to his sister (Haddon-lane, Ness) from De Aar Junction, acknowledging a present sent to him there, and stating that he is in good health and spirits. He adds, "I have been in no action as yet, though we have been very near to it several times, and we expect to be disturbed by the Boers any day, when they start fighting again, for it seems to be at a standstill since Christmas. Remember me to one and all at home, and tell father I would much rather be in this country than at home if it was in peace, but we have to rough it at the present time. There is no such thing as a nice soft bed to roll into at night, only one blanket and the hard ground to lie on; but it is very hot out here, that is one consolation, and we don't have much rain out here, but we get plenty of dust instead. One can scarcely see at times for it...…..P.S. - I got the stripe again since I came out here.