George Harold Eardley

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George Harold Eardley
George Eardley VC.jpg
Born (1912-05-06)6 May 1912
Congleton, Cheshire
Died 11 September 1991(1991-09-11) (aged 79)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1940 - 1950
Rank Company sergeant major
Battles/wars World War II

George Harold Eardley VC, MM (6 May 1912 – 11 September 1991) 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.


Eardley was 32 years old, and an acting sergeant in the 4th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry, British Army during the Second World War when he was awarded the VC.

On 16 October 1944 east of Overloon, the Netherlands, Sergeant Eardley's platoon was ordered to clear some orchards where a strong opposition was holding up the advance, but 80 yards (73 m) away from the objective the platoon was halted by automatic fire from machine-gun posts. Sergeant Eardley spotted one of these posts and moving forward under heavy fire killed the officer at the post with a grenade. He went on to destroy two more posts single-handed, under fire so intense that it daunted those who were with him, but his action enabled the platoon to achieve its objective and thus ensured the success of the whole attack.[1]

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He later was appointed company sergeant-major. His VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London. A statue was erected in his home town of Congleton in 2004.

Eardley was interred at Macclesfield Cemetery in Cheshire.[2]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36870. p. 139. 29 December 1944. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Grave Locations for Holders of the Victoric Cross in the County of Cheshire". Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved Sep 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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