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 number: 2/400186 - Korea, 1950-1953
  • 3 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment
  • 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment

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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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of Death: 06 November 1951
  • Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
  • Recommended for: George Cross
  • Conflict: Korea, 1950-1953
  • Awarded: George Cross
  • Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
  • Conflict: Korea, 1950-1953

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Date of birth 1924-02-14
Date of death 1951-11-06