John William Harper
|John William Harper|
6 August 1916|
Hatfield, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
|Died||29 September 1944
|Buried at||Leopoldsburg War Cemetery ( )|
|Years of service||1939 - 1944|
|Unit||York and Lancaster Regiment|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
John William Harper VC (6 August 1916 – 29 September 1944) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
On 29 September 1944 during an assault on the Depot de Mendicite, Antwerp, Belgium, Corporal Harper led his section across 300 yards of completely exposed ground, with utter disregard for the hail of mortar bombs and small arms fire from the enemy. He was killed in the action, but the subsequent capture of the position was largely due to his self-sacrifice.
His remains now lie at the War Cemetery at Leopoldsburg, near Limburg, Belgium, Plot No.5, Row B, Grave No.15.
|Corporal Harper's name inscribed on the Hatfield Cemetery War Memorial|
His name is inscribed on the Hatfield Cemetery War Memorial.
- British VCs of World War 2 (John Laffin, 1997)
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
|Photograph of Corporal Harper's tombstone in the Leopoldsburg War Cemetery|
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