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b. 06/08/1916 Doncaster, Yorkshire. d. 29/09/1944 Antwerp, Belgium

 

Harper was 28 years old, and a corporal in the 4th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

 

VC ACTION

 

On 29 September 1944 during an assault on the Depot de Mendicite, Antwerp, Belgium, Corporal Harper led his section across 300 yards of completely exposed ground, with utter disregard for the hail of mortar bombs and small arms fire from the enemy. He was killed in the action, but the subsequent capture of the position was largely due to his self-sacrifice.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: YORK/LANCASTER RGT MUSEUM, ROTHERHAM.

BURIAL PLACE: LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY, LIMBURG, BELGIUM.

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John William Harper VC

Leopoldsburg War Cemetery

Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier

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Hatfield War Memorial

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The memorial to Harper at Depot de Mendicitie where he fell.

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Hatfield War Memorial

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Hatfield Church

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Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School. The image appears with permission from Helen Acton, Principal of the School

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