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Harry (Henry) Garnet Bedford Miner

In memory of:

Corporal Harry (Henry) Garnet Bedford Miner

August 8, 1918

Military Service


Service Number:

823028

Age:

27

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

58th Battalion

Citation(s):

An extract taken from the London Gazette dated October 25, 1918, records the following:
For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack, when despite severe wounds he refused to withdraw. He rushed an enemy machine-gun post single-handed, killed the entire crew and turned the gun on the enemy. Later, with two others, he attacked another enemy machine-gun post, and succeeded in putting the gun out of action. Cpl. Miner then rushed single-handed an enemy bombing post, bayoneting two of the garrison and puttting the remainder to flight. He was mortally wounded in the performance of this gallant deed.

Honours and Awards:

Victoria Cross

Additional Information


Born:

June 24, 1891
Cedar Springs, Ontario

Enlistment:

December 1, 1915
London, Ontario

Son of John and Sarah Orpha Miner, of Ridgetown, Ontario.He was also awarded the Croix de Guerre (France). He had signed his name as Harry Miner when he enlisted.

Commemorated on Page 472 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Harry (Henry) Garnet Bedford Miner is a recipient of the Victoria Cross.
Complete list of Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

V. B. II.

Location:

Crouy is a village about 16 kilometres north-west of Amiens on the west side of the River Somme, on the Amiens-Abbeville main road. The CROUY BRITISH CEMETERY is a little south of the village on the west side of the road to Cavillon and there is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission signpost on the main road.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– From the London Free Press September 1918. Submitted for the project Operation Picture  Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram October 1918. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Harry (Henry) Garnet Bedford Miner– Taken from Branch 185 Royal Canadian Legion 60th Anniversary Book published in 1990
  • Photo of Harry (Henry) Garnet Bedford Miner– His medals are in the custody of Clinton Legion Branch 140
  • Newspaper Clipping– Toronto Star, October 30, 1918
  • Attestation Paper (front)
  • Attestation Paper (back)
  • Service Records (front)– Casualty Form - Active Service
  • Service Records (back)– Casualty Form - Active Service
  • Newspaper Clipping– Canadian Daily Record, October 29, 1918
  • Award Citation– Personal Information Sheet
  • Memorial– Erie St. United Church, Ridgetown, Ontario
  • Memorial Plaque– United Church, Cedar Springs, Ontario -

HARRY G.B. MINER, V.C. 1891-1918
Born in Raleigh Township, Miner enlisted in the 142nd Battalion,
C.E.F. in December 1915, and the following year transferred to
the 58th Battalion, then serving in France. During a Canadian
attack near Amiens on August 8, 1918. Corporal Miner rushed a
German machine gun post single-handed and turned the gun on
the enemy. Later, with two companions, he assaulted another
post and put its gun out of action, following which he again
attacked alone and captured an enemy bombing post. In carrying
out these gallant acts he was mortally wounded. For his
conspicuous bravery Corporal Miner was posthumously
awarded the Croix de Guerre and British Empire's highest
award for military valour, the Victoria Cross.

Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario.
  • Memorial– Corporal Harry (Henry) Garnet Bedford Miner is also commemorated on the Memorial in Clinton, ON … First World War names … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Corporal Harry (Henry) Garnet Bedford Miner is also commemorated on the Memorial in Clinton, ON … First World War names … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cenotaph– Barrie Military Park, Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients, Cenotaph
  • Gravemarker

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