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1952 Korea Military Cross group medals. Royal Canadian Regiment
925. Group of Six.
Military Cross (M.C.) Eliz. 11. Dated 1953.
Queens Korea (Canadian issue) H.R. Gardner.
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea. Un-named as issued.
Special Service Medal. Bar NATO - OTAN. Un-named as issued.
U.N. Korea. H.R. Gardner.
Canadian Forces Decoration. Eliz. 11 - with two extra
service bars. Major H.R. Gardner.
M.C. - Lieut. H.R. Gardner. The
Royal Canadian Regt. - “at 03.30 hrs on the night of 23/24
Sept 1952 a patrol composed of Lt. Gardner, two corporals and three
privates left a forward defended locality of the Royal Canadian Regt
with orders to go to a known enemy area and to sieze a prisoner.
The patrol moved parallel to enemy-held positions, and at 06.00 hrs.
reached a spot near the objective where a firm base of a corporal and
two private soldiers was established. Lt. Gardner with Cpl.
Fowler and one private soldier advanced to the objective, an enemy
bunker, which proved to be unoccupied. Lt. Gardner, who was
determined to take his prisoner, decided to make a further advance to
an enemy communication trench. This entailed a move across one
hundred and fifty yards of open ground dominated by enemy occupied
hills. Leaving the private soldier at the bunker to cover them,
Lt. Gardner and Cpl. Fowler, walking slowly in order not to attract
attention moved to the communication trench where they took
cover. They were now seventy-five yard from a group of enemy
around a field kitchen. No sooner were they in position than an enemy
soldier passed, but they took no action as he was out of reach.
Lt. Gardner then noticed in the trench a signal line which with Cpl.
Fowler’s assistance he broke. Within five minutes a Chinese
soldier came running down towards the kitchen making a quick check of
the wire. After greeting his comrades at the kitchen he returned
closely following the line until he reached the break at the hiding
place of Lt. Gardner and the Corporal. This officer struck the
Chinese soldier, and with the N.C.O’s assistance, pinned him to
the ground. There was a fierce struggle during which the Chinese
continued to cry out loudly. By the time he had been overpowered
and got to his feet, his comrades from the field kitchen were within
thirty yard and had opened fire. They were halted and sent to
ground by fire from Lt. Gardner’s weapon as Cpl. Fowler got the
prisoner moving towards our lines. By this time the fire of
automatic weapons from the surrounding hills had been added to that of
the pursuing Chinese, but, by skillful use of ground, Lt. Gardner was
able to guide Cpl. Fowler safely to the firm base party and thence to
our lines. As they neared our lines he thought the firm base
party were in difficulties and returned to help
them. Fortunately they were not in trouble. This officer’s daring
and skillful leadership, superb coolness in the face of the enemy and
utter disregard of his personal safety enabled a bold plan to be
carried out with complete success and without casualties. This
courageous officer’s determination to carry out his orders in spite of
difficulty and danger is an example to all members of his regiment.”
Lt. Gardner was twice wounded in Korea - first
during a Chinese assault on Hills 163 on the night of 25/26 March 1952
and again during the epic Battle of Kowang-San on 22-24 October
1952. He served in Korea from 10-4-1952 to 30-3-1953. Born
19-7-1927. Died 26-1-2013.
Sold with original commissioning
certificate dated 1st October 1950
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