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 John Pennington Harman

John Pennington Harman

Birth
Beckenham, London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England
Death 9 Apr 1944 (aged 29)
Kohima, Nagaland, India
Burial Kohima, Nagaland, India
Plot 8. E. 3.
Memorial ID 11764817 · View Source
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World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award posthumously on June 20, 1944 for his actions as a lance corporal in the 4th Battalion, The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment of the British Army at the Battle of Kohima in British India on April 9, 1944. Born in Beckenham, in the London borough of Bromley, England, his father was a businessman and a naturalist who purchased the British island of Lundy in the Bristol Channel off the western coast of England in 1925. Following the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, he enlisted in the British Army and was sent to British India during the Burma Campaign to defend against the invading Japanese Army who were ultimately defeated at the Battle of Kohima where he was killed in combat at the age of 29. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "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." His Victoria Cross in on display at The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment Museum in Maidstone, Kent, England. A plaque in his honor resides at the home of his birth in Beckenham.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Added: 16 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11764817
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Pennington Harman (20 Jul 1914–9 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11764817, citing Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima, Nagaland, India ; Maintained by Find A Grave .