Private Horace William Madden . P02580.001Private Horace William Madden . P02580.001

3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
24 April – 6 November 1951

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.

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