Casualty details

HARMAN, JOHN PENNINGTON

Rank:
Lance Corporal
Service No:
295822
Date of Death:
09/04/1944
Age:
29
Regiment/Service:
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
 
4th Bn.
Awards:
V C
Grave Reference
8. E. 3.
Cemetery
KOHIMA WAR CEMETERY

Additional Information:

Son of Martin Coles Harman and Amy Ruth Harman, of City of London.


Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of June 20th, 1944:- At Kohima, Assam, on 8th April 1944, Lance Corporal Harman was commanding a section of a forward platoon. The enemy had established a machine-gun post within 50 yards of his position which became a serious menace to the remainder of his company. Unable to bring the fire of his section on to the post, Lance Corporal Harman went forward by himself and annihilated the post, returning with the enemy machine-gun. The next morning, having first recovered a forward position, he again charged an enemy post alone, shooting four and bayonetting one, thereby wiping out the post. As he returned Lance Corporal Harman received an burst of machine-gun fire in his side and died shortly after reaching our lines. Lance Corporal Harman's heroic action and supreme devotion to duty were largely responsible for the decisive way in which all attacks were driven off by his company.

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KOHIMA WAR CEMETERY

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India
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