21 October 1833|
22 May 1917 (aged 83)|
Billingshurst, West Sussex
|Buried at||Highland Road Cemetery, Portsmouth|
1882 Anglo-Egyptian War
Third Anglo-Ashanti War
Israel Harding VC (21 October 1833 – 22 May 1917) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
On 11 July 1882 at Alexandria, Egypt, HMS Alexandra, with other ships, was bombarding the forts of the city and suffering damage and casualties from the enemy's guns. During the engagement a 10-inch shell passed through the ship's side and lodged on the main deck. Gunner Harding, hearing a shout that there was a live shell just above the hatchway (which led to the magazine) rushed up from below, picked it up and flung it into a tub of water. Had the shell burst it would probably have caused many deaths.
He later achieved the rank of chief gunner. His VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum in London.
- The London Gazette: . 15 September 1882. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- Burial location of Israel Harding "Hampshire"
- News item "Israel Harding's Victoria Cross sold at auction"