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William Bowman - Photographer
Natal Colony, South Africa
c. 1881

Born at Taunton in 1844, Henry Cornish's military career began in 1866. Prior to the Transvaal War he had served in the 2nd Anglo-Afghan War, being attached to the 10th Hussars.
He received a Mention in Despatches for his services and would have been entitled to the Afghan War Medal although I have not been able to find his entry in the appropriate medal

Surgeon-Major Cornish photograph and biography appeared in Sydney H. Shadbolt's
The Afghan Campaigns of 1878-1880 (London, 1882) and is reproduced in whole below: