Biography

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
Units:
  • 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.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of Death: 06 November 1951
  • Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment

Honours and Awards : George Cross

  • Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
  • Conflict: Korea, 1950-1953

Collection Items

Photograph

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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...

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C 10 Aug 1943. PAYBOOK PHOTOGRAPH OF NX173860 (2/400186) PRIVATE HORACE W. MADDEN,AT THE TIME OF HIS ENLISTMENT IN THE 2ND AIF. DISCHARGED IN 1947, MADDEN ENLISTED IN THE THIRD BATTALION, THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT (3RAR) AND WHILE SERVING IN THE KOREAN WAR WAS CAPTURED ON 24 APRIL 1951 DURING...

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P03874.002

Beppu, Japan. Informal group portrait of Australian soldiers serving in BCOF on leave at Beppu. Back row, fourth from left, 2/400186 Private (Pte) Horace William (Slim) Madden, who later served in Korea in the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR). During the Chinese attacks leading...

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Timeline

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