Private Horace William "Slim" Madden

Service number 2/400186
Birth Date 14 February 1924
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Cronulla
Death Date 06 November 1951
Death Place Korea
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Army
Units
Places
Conflict/Operation Korea, 1950-1953
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1955-12-30
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1956-01-12
Description

The George Cross posthumously awarded to Horace 'Slim' Madden (1924-1951) was the highest decoration gained by an Australian in the Korean War. Madden was born at Cronulla, Sydney, and joined the Second AIF aged just 18. Afterwards he was with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan. Captured at the battle of Kapyong, he showed courage and defiance while a prisoner of war that was an inspiration to all around him. His medals are on display in the Conflicts 1945 to Today galleries.

Rolls

  • Roll of Honour:

    Unit
    3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
    Conflict
    Korea, 1950-1953
    Rank
    Private
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
    Conflict
    Korea, 1950-1953
    Rank
    Private
    London Gazette
    30 December 1955 on page 7299 at position 1
    Commonwealth Gazette
    12 January 1956 on page 75 at position 1
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Korea, 1950-1953

Timeline

Date of birth 14 February 1924
Date of death 06 November 1951