Horace William Madden GC

Horace William Madden (14/02/1924 – 06/11/1951) was awarded the George Cross for his actions between 24 April and 06 November 1951, while a Prisoner of War at Kapyong, Korea.

“He was 26 years old and serving in the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment when he was captured by Chinese communist forces. Despite the repeated beatings and many forms of ill-treatment because of his defiance towards his captors. Although deprived of food, resulting in severe malnutrition, he was known to share his meagre supplies, purchased from Koreans, with other prisoners who were sick. For over 6 months, despite his own health failing, he resisted stoutly and never co-operated with the enemy. He died from malnutrition in late 1951.”

He is buried in the United Nations Military Cemetery, Busan, Korea.

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James Power Carne VC, DSO

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.” 

(Image in the Gloucestershire Regimental Museum)

(Medals in the Gloucestershire Regimental Museum)

He was cremated at Cheltenham Crematorium and his ashes were interred in Cranham Churchyard Gloucestershire. 

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