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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

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b. 06/05/1912 Congleton, Cheshire. d. 11/09/1991 Congleton, Cheshire.

 

Eardley was 32 years old, and an acting sergeant in the 4th Battalion, The King's Shropshire Light Infantry, British Army during the Second World War when he was awarded the VC.

 

VC ACTION

 

On 16 October 1944 east of Overloon, the Netherlands, Sergeant Eardley's platoon was ordered to clear some orchards where a strong opposition was holding up the advance, but 80 yards (73 m) away from the objective the platoon was halted by automatic fire from machine-gun posts. Sergeant Eardley spotted one of these posts and moving forward under heavy fire killed the officer at the post with a grenade. He went on to destroy two more posts single-handed, under fire so intense that it daunted those who were with him, but his action enabled the platoon to achieve its objective and thus ensured the success of the whole attack.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: LORD ASHCROFT GALLERY, IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM.

BURIAL PLACE: MACCLESFIELD CREMATORIUM, MACCLESFIELD, CHESHIRE.  ASHES SCATTERED IN GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE.

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George Harold Eardley VC, MM

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George Eardley VC's memorial in Congleton, Cheshire.

George Eardley's medals including VC and MM on display at Lord Ashcroft Gallery, Imperial War Museum, London

(Aug 2014)

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Union Jack Club

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Eardley VC (left) with Whitfield VC in 1956

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Receiving his medal from Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery

Eardley VC pictured with his first wife Winifred, who was tragically killed in 1964, when the car they were in was hit by a train. Eardley had his foot amputated at the scene without anaesthetic

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