b. 20/07/1914 Beckenham, Kent. d. 09/04/1944 Kohima, India.
John Harman was the son of millionaire Martin Coles Harman, owner of Lundy Island, and followed his father's interest in natural history.
Harman was 29 years old, and a lance-corporal in the 4th Battalion, The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was posthumously awarded the VC.
On 8/9 April 1944 at the Battle of Kohima, British India, Lance-Corporal Harman was commanding a section of a forward platoon where soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army had established a machine-gun post within 50 yards of his company and were becoming a menace. Since it was not possible to bring fire on to the enemy post the lance-corporal went forward by himself and threw a grenade into the position, destroying it. He returned carrying the enemy machinegun as a trophy. Early next morning, having ordered covering fire from his Bren gun team, he went out alone, with Lee Enfield and fixed bayonet and charged a party of Japanese soldiers who were digging in. He shot four and bayoneted one. On his way back, Lance Corporal Harman was severely wounded by a burst of enemy machine-gun fire and died soon after reaching British lines.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: QUEEN'S OWN ROYAL WEST KENT RGT, MAIDSTONE.
BURIAL PLACE: KOHIMA WAR CEMETERY, KOHIMA, INDIA.
John Harman's medlas including VC on display at the Queens Own West Kent Regimental Museum, Maidstone, Kent.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
PLOT VIII, ROW E, GRAVE 3
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