Harry Miner

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Harry Garnet Bedford Miner
Harry Miner Headstone.JPG
Born 24 June 1891
Cedar Springs, Ontario
Died 8 August 1918
Demuin, France
Buried at Crouy Military Cemetery, Crouy-Saint-Pierre
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch Canadian Expeditionary Force
Years of service 1915 - 1918
Rank Corporal
Unit 58th Battalion, CEF
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Victoria Cross
Croix de Guerre (France)

Harry Garnet Bedford Miner VC (24 June 1891 – 8 August 1918) was a Canadian soldier in World War I. Miner was a 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.


Harry (Henry) Garnet Bedford Miner was born in Raleigh Township, near Cedar Springs, Ontario, on 24 June 1891. He was a student at Highgate School in Oxford Township, then went into farming.

In November 1915, after the outbreak of the First World War, he enlisted with the 142nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, then transferred to the 161st (Huron) Battalion, CEF upon arriving in England. Once in France, he was taken on strength by the 58th Battalion, CEF in the field in December 1916.

He was a 27-year-old corporal, and in action on 8 August 1918 at Demuin, France, on the opening day of the Battle of Amiens, the first day of the Hundred Days Offensive.

Victoria Cross citation[edit]

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack, when despite severe wounds he refused to withdraw. He rushed an enemy machine-gun post single-handed, killed the entire crew and turned the gun on the enemy.

Later, with two others, he attacked another enemy machine-gun post, and succeeded in putting the gun out of action.

Cpl. Miner then rushed single-handed an enemy bombing post, bayoneting two of the garrison and putting the remainder to flight. He was mortally wounded in the performance of this gallant deed.

The London Gazette, 26 October 1918[1]

He was mortally wounded by a German stick grenade during this action, but refused to withdraw. He died later in the day and is buried in the Crouy Military Cemetery just outside the village Crouy-Saint-Pierre, about 15 kilometers northwest of Amiens and about 25 km northwest of the battlefield on which he fell.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

Aside from the Victoria Cross, Corporal Miner was also awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government in August 1918. His medals, including the Victoria Cross and the Croix de Guerre, are on display at the Huron County Museum in Goderich, Ontario.

The South Barracks (building M-209) in Land Force Central Area Training Centre Meaford (LFCATC Meaford) is named the Corporal H.G.B. Miner Barracks in his honour. Branch 185 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Blenheim, Ontario, is named the Harry Miner Branch.


  1. ^ "No. 30975". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 October 1918. p. 12670. 
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