Major William James HARDHAM, VC

Major William James HARDHAM, VC

Male 1876 - 1928  (51 years)

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  • Name William James HARDHAM 
    Title Major 
    Suffix VC 
    Born 31 Jul 1876  Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service Abt 1890 - 1919 
    Victoria Cross
    Victoria Cross
    During the second Boer war, William served as a Farrier-Sergeant, in the 4th New Zealand Contingent. On January 28, 1901, he was in command of a scout unit that was ambushed by a Boer force at Naauwpoort in Transvaal. Under heavy fire he held the point position mounted on his horse so his men could to retreat. When one of his troopers was wounded and his horse killed, he went to his assistance. He placed the injured man on his own horse and ran alongside until he had guided him to safety. For this act of conspicuous bravery, he was awarded the Victoria Cross in October 1901. He went on to serve in the Wellington Mounted Rifles during World War I and achieved the rank of Major.
    Victoria Cross Postage Stamp
    Victoria Cross Postage Stamp
    In 2011 New Zealand produced a series of postage stamps commemorating the countries VC holders. This is the stamp for William who was the first New Zealander to be awarded the VC.
    Died 13 Apr 1928  Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Aft 13 Apr 1928  Karori Cemetery, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Headstone
    Headstone
    Person ID I7328  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 8 Oct 2014 

    Family Constance Evelyn PARSONSON,   b. Abt 1884, Bentley with Arksey, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1960  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married 11 Apr 1916  St Peters Church, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    New Zealand Free Lance, Volume XV, Issue 820, 17 March 1916, Page 15
    New Zealand Free Lance, Volume XV, Issue 820, 17 March 1916, Page 15
    Marriage Report
    Marriage Report
    St Peters Church, Wellington
    St Peters Church, Wellington
    Last Modified 9 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F1800  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Jul 1876 - Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Apr 1916 - St Peters Church, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Apr 1928 - Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 13 Apr 1928 - Karori Cemetery, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William Hardham VC
    William Hardham VC
    Taken on his wedding day
    William Hardham VC
    William Hardham VC
    Commemoration
    Commemoration


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