William James Hardham 31 July 1876 - 13 April 1928 Key details Contribute › Service number1251 AWMM11/661 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargePre WW1 AWMMFarrier Sergeant Major AWMMNew Zealand Mounted Rifles AWMMWW1 AWMMMajor AWMMWellington Mounted Rifles AWMM WarSouth African War, 1899-1902 AWMMWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Report Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Portrait - No known copyright restrictions AWMM View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesWilliam James AWMM SurnameHardham AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number1251 AWMM11/661 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Report Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth31 July 1876 AWMM Place of birthWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Report Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentSouth Africa AWMMBlacksmith and farrier AWMMSouth Africa AWMMBlacksmith and farrier AWMMWW1 AWMMBlacksmith AWMMWW1 AWMMBlacksmith AWMM Post war occupationDominion Newspaper, Wellington AWMMPublic Works Employee AWMMRSA manager AWMM Report Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMM5 Oxford StreetWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMUnknown AWMM10 Riddiford StreetWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMUnknown AWMM21 Riddlers CrescentPetoneWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMr George Hardham (father)5 Oxford StreetWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMMrs George Hardham (father)10 Riddiford StreetWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMMr George Hardham (father)10 Cardall StreetWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMMrs Constance Evelyn Hardham (wife)26 Ohiro RoadWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 31 March 1900 AWMMSingle AWMMPre 19 March 1902 AWMMSingle AWMMPre 16 October 1914 AWMMSingle AWMMPre 21 February 1918 AWMMMarried AWMM Report Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarSouth African War, 1899-1902 AWMMWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM CampaignsCape Colony AWMMNatal ProvinceSouth AfricaAfrica AWMM24 May 1900-31 May 1902 AWMMTransvaal AWMMTransvaalSouth AfricaAfrica AWMMRhodesia AWMMRhodesia AWMM1915-1916 AWMMGallipoli AWMMGallipoliTurkey AWMMSinai & Palestine AWMM1914-1916 AWMMEgypt AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number1251 AWMM11/661 AWMM Military unitsCoronation Contingent AWMM Military serviceCoronation Contingent AWMM Report Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsVictoria Cross (VC) AWMMVC. London Gazette, 4 October 1901. "On 28 January 1901, near Naauwpoort, this non-commissioned officer was with a section which was extended and hotly engaged with a party of about twenty Boers. Just before the force commenced to retire, Trooper McCrae was wounded, and his horse killed. Farrier Sergeant Major Hardham at once went, under a heavy fire, to his assistance, dismounted, and placed him on his own horse, and ran alongside until he had guided him to a place of safety." AWMMQueen's South Africa Medal (Cape Colony, Rhodesia, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 clasps) AWMMMentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM1914-1915 Star AWMMBritish War Medal (1914-1920) AWMMVictory Medal with oak leaf AWMMColonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal AWMMNew Zealand Volunteer Service Medal AWMMNew Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal AWMM Report Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentSouth Africa AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMSouth Africa AWMMUnknown AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMWW1 AWMMUnknown AWMMWW1 AWMMUnknown AWMM Age on enlistmentSouth Africa AWMMSouth Africa AWMMWW1 AWMMWW1 AWMM Report Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsSouth Africa AWMM31 March 1900 AWMMLytteltonChristchurchCanterburyNew Zealand AWMMSouth Africa AWMM19 March 1902 AWMMAucklandNew Zealand AWMMWW1 AWMM16 October 1914 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM16 October 1914 AWMMHMNZT 6 HMNZT 10 AWMMWellingtonNew ZealandSuezEgypt AWMMDeparted - 16 October 1914 AWMMWW1 AWMM21 February 1918 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM21 Feb 1918-4 April 1918 AWMMMoeraki 21 February 1918 AWMMSuezEgypt AWMMDepart - 21 Feb 1918Arrival - 04 Apr 1918 AWMM Embarkation bodySouth Africa AWMM31 March 1900 AWMMNew Zealand Mounted Rifles, 4th Contingent (Rough Riders) AWMM4 Contingent, 7 Company AWMMGymeric AWMMFarrier Sergeant AWMMSouth Africa AWMM19 March 1902 AWMMNew Zealand Mounted Rifles, 9th Contingent AWMM9 Contingent, H Squadron AWMMDevon AWMMLieutenant AWMMWW1 AWMM16 October 1914 AWMM2nd Reinforcements AWMMWellington Mounted Rifles AWMMOrari or Arawa AWMMCaptain AWMMWW1 AWMM21 February 1918 AWMMNew Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) AWMM35th Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles Brigade AWMMMoeraki AWMMCaptain AWMM Report Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Report Medical history Contribute › Medical notes Report Last known rank Contribute › Last rankPre WW1 AWMMFarrier Sergeant Major AWMMNew Zealand Mounted Rifles AWMMWW1 AWMMMajor AWMMWellington Mounted Rifles AWMM Report Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Son of George Hardham and Ann GregoryMarried in 1913 to Constance Evelyn Parsonson, she died 5 June 1960, age 73.He enlisted twice for the Boer War.He was the first man in New Zealand to receive the Victoria Cross during the Boer War and received it from King Edward VII on 1 July 1902 in London.Rescued Trooper J. McRae (Service number 1301) near Naauwpoort, Transvaal, 28 January 19101911 he resided at Fitzherbert Street, Hutt, Wellington, his occupation a blacksmith1914 August he was recalled for Expeditionary Force service, promoted to Captain and attached to Queen Alexandra's 2nd (Wellington West Coast) Squadron, Wellington Mounted RiflesIn WWI he was in Egypt and Gallipoli, rank of Captain, with the Wellington Mounted Rifles. Left for Gallipoli on 9 May 1915. Wounded at Gallipoli 30 May 1915. Returned to New Zealand (February 1916)February 1918: embarked for Egypt (rank of Major) in command of the 35 and 36 (Mounted) ReinforcementsApril to October 1918 : Palestine, rank of Major ( 15 May 1918 )with the 35 Mounted Rifle ReinforcementsCommandant of the Desert Corps Rest Camp in CairoJanuary 1919 : invalided to New Zealand suffering from MalariaMoeraki then transhipped to "Ormonde" at Sydney for Suez. His medals are held by the National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand AWMM Read more Report Death About death Contribute › Age at death51 AWMM Date of death13 April 1928 AWMM Cause of death Place of deathWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Death notes82 Fairlie TerraceWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Report Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameKarori CemeteryWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Grave referenceArea 11 Block AA Row 03 Plot 062 AWMM Report Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameDunedinVictoria Cross winners' plaqueQueens GardensDunedinNew Zealand AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Report Roll of Honour Remember William James Hardham by laying a poppy. Hugh Keith Hardgrave Maurice Edward Hardgrave William James Hardham Alexander Hardie Alexander Hardie Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of William James Hardham Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksmilitary personnel files - VC & George Cross holders Army War medals and decorations indexes and registershttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=22311763Archives NZmilitary personnel files - VC & George Cross holders Army War medals and decorations indexes and registershttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=22311763Archives NZNational Archives of New Zealand, National Collection of War Art. Portrait.http://warart.archives.govt.nz/node/238Further ReferenceNZ History online database of New Zealand embarkations for the Boer Warhttp://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/new-zealand-in-the-south-african-boer-war/databaseFurther ReferenceDictionary of New Zealand Biography. Published on Te Ara, The Encyclopedia of New Zealand online.http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3h7/1Further ReferenceMinistry for Culture and Heritage, NZ History online. Dunedin RSA building, formerly site of the VC winners' plaque.http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/dunedin-rsa-war-memorialFurther Reference DocumentsBryant, G.A. (1972). Where the prize is highest : the stories of the New Zealanders who won the Victoria Cross. Auckland, N.Z.: Collins. AWMMVolunteers: the Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society AWMMNew Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMVol1: 301 AWMMNew Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume V. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM79: 2 AWMMBryant, G.A. (1972). Where the prize is highest : the stories of the New Zealanders who won the Victoria Cross. Auckland, N.Z.: Collins. AWMMBryant, G.A. (1972), pp. 25-27, includes photo AWMMVolunteers: the Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society AWMMThe Boer War VC: William James Hardham. The Volunteers. Vol 25 No. 2 p. 76-78 AWMMSanders, J. (1974). New Zealand VC winners : the story of New Zealand servicemen who won the greatest honour for valour on the battlefield. Auckland, N.Z.: Wilson and Horton. AWMMHarper, G., & Richardson, C. (2006). In the face of the enemy: The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z.: HarperCollins NZ. AWMMHarper, G. & Richardson, C. (2006). In the face of the enemy: The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Auckland, NZ: HarperCollins NZ.p.29-30,60, 64-66, 227, 232 AWMMThe Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMMThe Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). p. 139 AWMM Report Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.