L/Corporal Hardiman evacuates a wounded soldier

This citation for Bernard Hardiman's Military Medal is reproduced from the April 1990 NZ 28 Maori Battalion Golden Jubilee Reunion booklet:  

Army No: 39335 L/Corporal Bernard Hardiman M.M.

During the Bn withdrawal from MALEME this NCO asked to be allowed to carry back one of his men who had been badly wounded in the early stages of the withdrawal. The first part of his task was accomplished under enemy fire. He could not keep up with the rearguard, therefore remained behind and carried the wounded soldier for two days behind the enemy lines. He became so exhausted in the end that he decided to place the wounded soldier near a roadway and return to the unit, which he accomplished, having to evade several bodies of the enemy in doing so.

Submitted by mbadmin on Mon, 22/06/2009 - 11:24

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