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Harry Linley Richardson, Major W J Hardham, VC, c.1920

Ref: AAAC 898 NCWA 490

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William James Hardham (1876-1928) was serving in the 4th New Zealand Mounted Rifles ("Rough Riders") with the rank Farrier-Sergeant when he was awarded the Victoria Cross on 28 January 1901. He rescued a fellow soldier while under heavy fire near Naauwpoort, Transvaal. Later, Hardham was promoted to Lieutenant and served with the 9th Contingent.

Hardham would go on to serve as a Captain with the Wellington Mounted Rifles, New Zealand Expeditionary Force during World War I. He saw action in Egypt, Gallipoli (where he was seriously wounded), the Sinai and Palestine.

This portrait of Hardham was done after his First World War service when he held the rank of major.

Oil, 1218 x 860mm
Transvaal, South African War
Medals: Victoria Cross

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