Statuette, LCpl JP Harman VC

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LCpl Harman served with the 4th Battalion The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment serving in Burma. The Battalion held out for fifteen days against a complete Japanese division, thereby buying enough time for two British divisions to arrive and prevent the invasion of India. It was at Kohima that LCpl Harman won his VC by first killing a Japanese machine gun crew and capturing the gun singlehanded, then rushing another post alone and killing all five Japanese in it. He was then killed by a burst of enemy machine gun fire. His most gallant action is commemorated on ‘Kohima Day’ (9 April) each year, when a corporal is selected as ‘Kohima Corporal’.