The case of this non-commissioned officer is typical of the
devotion shown by Englishmen to one another in times of peril,
and is one of many instances that occurred during the Boer War.
On January 28, 1901, Hardham was in command of a section which
became engaged with one of the roving bands of the enemy who
kept up for so many months a kind of " guerilla " warfare, and
gave us so much trouble to stamp out. Our men were forced to
retire, and, just before the movement commenced, Trooper McCrae
was wounded, and his horse killed. Seeing the man's plight,
Hardham rode to him under a most galling fire, dismounted, and,
helping him on to his own horse, ran by his comrade's side until
he had seen him out of danger. Received the Victoria Cross at
the hands of H.M. the King, on July 1902, in London.