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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 23/02/1912 Northfleet, Kent. d. 23/01/1945 Brachterbeek, Holland.

 

Harden was a 32 year old, lance-corporal in the Royal Army Medical Corps attached No. 45 (Royal Marine) Commando during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

 

VC ACTION

 

On 23 January 1945 during Operation Blackcock, at Brachterbeek, Holland, three marines of the leading section of the Royal Marine Commando Troop to which Lance-Corporal Harden was attached fell, wounded. The Commando section had come under heavy machine-gun fire in the open field that morning, and the men were seriously wounded. One of the casualties was Lieutenant Corey. Under intense mortar and machine-gun fire Harden was wounded in his side as he carried one man back to the aid post, which had been set up in one of the houses along the Stationsweg in Brachterbeek. Against the orders of another Medical officer he then returned with a stretcher party for the other two wounded. Bringing in the second casualty the rescue party came under enemy fire which killed the wounded Commando. While finally bringing back the third man Lieutenant Corey, who had demanded he be recovered last, Harden was shot through the head and killed instantly.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: MUSEUM OF MILITARY MEDICINE, KEOGH BARRACKS, ALDERSHOT.

BURIAL PLACE: NEDERWEERT WAR CEMETERY, LIMBURG, HOLLAND.

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Henry Eric Harden VC

harden grave Nederweert War Cemetery

Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier

PLOT IV, ROW E, GRAVE 13

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Picture - Thomas Stewart

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National Memorial Arboretum

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Henry Harden VC Bridge in Limburg, Netherlands.

Memorial marking the spot that Harden was killed.

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National Memorial Arboretum

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RMA Sandhurst

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RAMC Museum

Harden Barracks, Catterick, Yorkshire

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44 Factory Road, Northfleet (Harden's birthplace)

(Courtesy of David Platt)