Henry Hollingworth Harward: cowardice or self-preservation?

Make one decision, and you win the Victoria Cross; make another, and you face court-martial and disgrace – life can be that simple and that harsh.

On 25 November 1847, Henry Hollingworth Harward was born at the vicarage, East Grinstead, England, son of John Netherton Harward and his wife Harriet. Henry’s christening on 24 February 1848 was recorded, and probably conducted, by this father, the local vicar.

Christening register showing entry for Henry Hollingworth

Henry is recorded as playing cricket for Brighton College in 1865-6 and for Reading in 1867-8, which suggests a typical private school education for a son of a member of the Church of England clergy at that time.

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