Edward William HARDY


HARDY, Edward William

Service Number: 794
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Swanscombe, Kent, England, United Kingdom, 1891
Home Town: Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Galley Hill Council School
Occupation: Miner
Died: Died of wounds, Southmead, near Bristol, United Kingdom, 5 June 1917
Cemetery: Swanscombe Cemetery
Grave 1423
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Nov 1914: Involvement Private, SN 794, 11th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1914: Embarked Private, SN 794, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
5 Jun 1917: Involvement Corporal, SN 794, 11th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Son of George and Mary HARDY

Husband of Alice HARDY

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 26 and the son of George and Mary Ann Hardy; husband of Alice M. Hardy of 2 Ladysmith Maisonettes, Robinson Rd., Tooting, London. He was born in 1891 at Swanscombe, near Datrford Kent, and died at Southmead, near Bristol.

Births Jun 1891   Hardy Edward William Dartford 2a 520

Deaths Jun 1917 Hardy Edward W 26 Bristol 6a 262 

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

 Last known Address: 2 Aerial Villas, Milton Road, Swanscombe, Kent. (AIF Service documents) 

Brother of George S, Arthur H, Edith M and Bernard W Hardy.

Edward Hardy joined the 11th Bn, Australian Infantry at Blackboy Hill, Western Australia on the 16th August 1914, 12 days after Britain declared war. He gives his occupation as being a miner. 

The 11th Bn was the first raised in Western Australia and on reaching its authorised strength of 1,023 officer & men, 27% of the Bn were British born men who were at the time working as either labourers, agricultural workers or miners. After basic training in Australia, the Bn joined the 1st Divn AIF and at the end of October 1914, sailed for Egypt in the SS Ascanius & SS Medic. March 1915 saw the Bn, after further training, leave Egypt bound for the Dardanelles. On April 25th 1915  two companies of the 11th landed at Anzac Cove. The Bn stayed there for the next seven months, withdrawing on the 17th November having lost 353 men killed.

The 5th April 1916 saw the Bn arrive in Marseille after a period guarding the Suez Canal. Now back to strength and armed with Lewis guns, the Bn undertook training before engaging with the enemy on the 30th May.

The Bn were involved in numerous notable actions and as the Germans retreated to the Hindenburg Line in the spring of 1917, assisted in the pursuit. On the 15th April 1917 the Germans launched a massive counter attack at the Australian line in the Battle of Lagnicourt. 15 men of the 11th Bn were killed in action including Lt Charles Pope who led a bayonet charge against the Germans after A Coy ran out of ammunition. Lt Popes body was later found with those of his men surrounded by the bodies of 80 dead Germans and he was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his actions. Edward Hardy was wounded during this engagement and received gunshot wounds to his right leg, both hands & head. 

Edward was evacuated back to the UK and on the 2nd May 1917 had the 1st finger of his right hand and 3rd & 4th fingers of his left hand amputated. He was treated at the 2nd Southern General Hospital, Southmead, Bristol but lost his fight at 10:50pm on the 5th June 1917. His cause of death is given as GSW (gun shot wound) head & Meningitis Septis.

Edward Hardy was given a full military funeral at Swanscombe cemetery on the 12th June 1917. His coffin arrived on a gun carriage drapped with a union flag and accompanied by 42 men of the the band of the Suffolk Regt (who were based in Gravesend at the time) and a firing party and 2 NCO's & 12 men from the 11th Bn AIF, 6 of whom acted as bearers. On completion of the funeral, three rifle volleys were fired followed by the last post. The funeral report shows that numerous mourners attended including his widow, Alice Hardy and members of his family.