George HARDY

HARDY, George

Service Number: 2418
Enlisted: 18 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Laman Street, Cooks Hill, New South Wales, Australia, 19 May 1887
Home Town: Wickham, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carter
Died: Killed in Action, France, 3 August 1916, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison
Sunden Road Cemetery (Plot I, Row E, Grave No. 4), Contalmaison, France, Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Newcastle & District Firemen HR, Wickham "Citizens of Wickham" Volunteers Honour Roll, Wickham Public School Great War Honour Roll, Wickham St James' Anglican Church Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

18 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2418, 19th Infantry Battalion
5 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, 2418, 19th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '13' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Themistocles embarkation_ship_number: A32 public_note: ''
5 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, 2418, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.

105 years ago today, on the 3rd August 1916, Private George Hardy, 19th Battalion (Reg No-2418), carter (N.S.W. Aerated Waters, Newcastle, N.S.W.), from 67 Railway Lane, Wickham, New South Wales, father of two (Olga Eileen and George John), was Killed in Action at Pozieres/Mouquet Farm, age 29.

Born at Laman Street, Cooks Hill, New South Wales on the 19th May 1887 to Harry (Henry, died 1898, buried ANGLICAN 1-01. 69.) and Catherine (died 1896 ) Hardy; husband of Lily Hardy nee Elliott (married 1909, Newcastle, N.S.W., died?) of 76 Railway Lane, Wickham, N.S.W., George enlisted July 1915 at Liverpool, N.S.W.

George is resting at Sunken Road Cemetery, France. Plot I Row E Grave 4.

Mr. Hardy’s name has been inscribed on the Newcastle and District Firemen Honour Roll (photo, unveiled on the 28th March 1919, 15 names inscribed, 4 Fallen), Book of Gold, Wickham Superior Public School Roll of Honour, Wickham (Hawkins Oval) Soldiers' Memorial, Wickham Municipal District Roll of Honour Board (1), Wickham St. James' Anglican Church Honour Roll and the Newcastle South Public School Roll of Honour. Name should be inscribed on the Newcastle Lodge-Grand United Order of Druids Roll of Honour. Name possibly inscribed on the South Newcastle Rugby League Football Club Roll of Honour and the Tighes Hill Hand of Freedom Lodge, United Ancient Order of Druids Roll of Honour.

There is no headstone at mother Catherine’s gravesite, therefore no memorial inscription to tell us of the supreme sacrifice of her son during The Great War, so February 2016 I placed a memorial cross on the gravesite, taken a photo of the memorialised grave and uploaded the photo onto the Northern Cemetery website as a permanent record of his service. Cross for Catherine erected by persons unknown. CATHOLIC 1-J Com. 22.

George’s wife Lily wrote that he was a noted Rugby League footballer (Central Newcastle & Northern Suburbs). Played Interstate games against Queensland. Was Captain of East Newcastle and Northern Suburbs Teams when winning Premiership in the Newcastle District.

Younger brother Reginald Henry (Original Anzac, 24th Battalion, Reg No-2219, born 1893 as Henry Reginald, died 6.11.1929, age 35, resting at Rookwood Cemetery, N.S.W.) also served 1st A.I.F.

Lest We Forget.