Francis William HARDWICKE

HARDWICKE, Francis William

Service Numbers: SX21490, S43767
Enlisted: 26 June 1942, Victoria Park, SA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Thebarton, South Australia, 16 December 1908
Home Town: Largs Bay, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action, Papua, 21 January 1943, aged 34 years
Cemetery: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
A8 B 19
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Birdwood Pictorial Honour Roll WWII, Birdwood WW1 & WW2 Soldier's Memorial, Gumeracha Our Fallen Heroes WW2 Honour Board
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World War 2 Service

26 Jun 1942: Involvement Private, SX21490, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
26 Jun 1942: Involvement Private, S43767, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
26 Jun 1942: Enlisted Victoria Park, SA
26 Jun 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Private, SX21490, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement

Family Life: Love and Loss during War-time

Frank as he was known was the eldest son of Catherine Clare and William James Hardwicke, younger brother to Catherine Constance (Connie) and older brother to Bernard John (Bernie).

Frank enlisted in June 1942 not longer after his brother in- law Arthur Ronald (Ron) Sendy who enlisted in May the same year. His younger brother Bernie had enlisted in 1940.

Tragically, Frank was killed in action on January 1943 -just seven months after enlisting.

For the Hardwicke and Sendy families who were living together in Port Pirie, Frank’s death was devastating. Catherine Clare has passed away less than a year leaving William James a widower. Now he had lost his oldest son. And his youngest was still serving, no doubt heightening his understandable concern for his son’s safe return.

For Connie too, Frank’s death was a hard hitting blow -particularly after so recently losing her mother. His death no doubt reinforced her fears and hopes for the men she loved as her husband Ron and younger brother Bernie were both serving.

While her husband was away Connie had her young daughter Maureen to raise, and her elderly father William to care for, while keeping her fears and anxieties in check, while waiting for the men she loved to return. (Both Ron, and Bernie returned, in 1945. As with so many of course, they suffered great personal cost, while serving their country, felt by the family in the years that followed.)

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of William James Hardwicke and Catherine Clare Hardwicke; husband of Erna Caroline Hardwicke, of Mannum, South Australia.