HARPER, John William  
 
PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Harper, John William
Date of birth:  August 6th, 1916 (Doncaster, Yorkshire, Great Britain)
Date of death:  September 29th, 1944 (Antwerp, Belgium)
Nationality:  British
     
     
VICTORIA CROSS
Rank: Corporal
Unit: 4th. Battalion, The York and Lancaster Regiment, British Army
Action: On 29 September 1944 Corporal Harper and his unit had to advance over 300meters of open ground under heavy enemy fire during an attack on the Depot the Mendicite, Antwerp, Belgium. Endangering their own lives they managed to secure the enemy post. However Corporal Harper was mortally wounded during a heroic solo action and died of his wounds.
Details: Corporal Harper’s Victoria Cross is publicly displayed at The York and Lancaster Regiment Museum in Rotherham, Great Britain.
John William Harper is buried at the Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, Belgium.
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Jeroen Niels, The Netherlands
Information source(s):   - Victoria Cross Reference
- The Register of the Victoria Cross - published by This Engeland 1997 - ISBN 0906324270
- Special thanks to Iain Stewart from The History of the Victoria Cross
   
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