2/400186 PRIVATE HORACE WILLIAM MADDEN GC, 3RD BATTALION, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT, WHO WAS ...

Unit 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
Place Asia: Korea
Accession Number 081389
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Date made c 1951
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
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2/400186 PRIVATE HORACE WILLIAM MADDEN GC, 3RD BATTALION, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT, WHO WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE GEORGE CROSS FOR OUTSTANDING HEROISM WHILE A PRISONER OF WAR OF CHINESE COMMUNIST FORCES IN KOREA FROM 1951-04-24 UNTIL ABOUT 1951-11-06, WHEN HE DIED OF MALNUTRITION AND THE RESULT OF ILL TREATMENT IN RESISTING ALL ENEMY EFFORTS TO FORCE HIM TO COLLABORATE, TO SUCH A DEGREE THAT HIS NAME AND EXAMPLE WERE WIDELY KNOWN THROUGH THE VARIOUS GROUPS OF PRISONERS. DESPITE REPEATED BEATINGS AND MANY OTHER FORMS OF ILL-TREATMENT INFLICTED BECAUSE OF HIS DEFIANCE TO HIS CAPTORS, MADDEN REMAINED CHEERFUL AND OPTIMISTIC, AND WAS KNOWN TO SHARE HIS MEAGRE SUPPLIES OF FOOD WITH OTHER PRISONERS WHO WERE SICK.