served in South Africa from April 1900 to the end of hostilities.
Picture courtesy of Spink
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Transvaal, Wittebergen (1881 Pte. G. Cordwent, 2:Rl: W: Kent Regt.);
KSA (2) South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, (1881 Pte. G. Cordwent. Rl. W. Kent. Regt.);
Royal Humane Society Lifesaving Medal, bronze, Successful (Private G. Cordwent, Royal West Kent Regt., 29th: July, 1890.), with top riband buckle
Royal Humane Society Case No. 24972.
George Cordwent was born in Charlton and joined the 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment at Maidstone in April 1887, having already seen service with the 4th Militia Battalion.
He was awarded the Royal Humane Society Lifesaving Medal in Bronze for a Successful Act, this being for an incident at Portland on 29 July 1890.
Cordwent was then posted to the 1st Battalion out in India in December 1891 and was discharged in April 1899.
A member of the Supplementary Reserve, he was recalled in October 1899 and posted to the 2nd Battalion out in South Africa in March 1900. Present on operations in the Cape Colony and the Transvaal, including Wittebergen, he served through to the end of the war, and was posted home in August 1902, and discharged in September 1903.
Cordwent latterly lived in Willesden, where he worked as a horse van driver for the railway. He died in July 1943.
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1902 (6123 Pte. H. H. Flegg. Rl: W. Kent Regt.)
Henry Harry Flegg was born at Lewisham in 1882 and was labouring in a brickyard and also serving with the 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment upon his enlistment on 12 March 1901. Having served in South Africa during the Boer War, his medal was issued in September 1903. Flegg remained in service but his health began to fail. He died of Hodgkins Disease and heart failure on 24 August 1909.