James Power Carne (11/04/1906 – 19/04/1986) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions with the Gloucestershire Regiment during the Korean War in 1951.
The Citation reads:
“On 22/23 April 1951 near the Imjin River, Korea, Lieutenant Colonel Carne’s battalion was heavily and incessantly engaged by vastly superior numbers of the enemy. Throughout this time Colonel Carne moved among the whole battalion under very heavy mortar and machine-gun fire, inspiring the utmost confidence and the will to resist among his troops. On two separate occasions, armed with rifle and grenades, he personally led assault parties which drove back the enemy and saved important situations. His courage, coolness and leadership was felt not only in his own battalion but throughout the whole brigade.”
He was cremated at Cheltenham Crematorium and his ashes were interred in Cranham Churchyard Gloucestershire.
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