John Thomas HARDY


HARDY, John Thomas

Service Numbers: N255751, NX140476
Enlisted: 21 November 1941, Belmore, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: "Z" Special Unit
Born: Narrabri, New South Wales, 26 July 1921
Home Town: Lakemba, Canterbury, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Lorry driver/Boot repairer
Died: Executed (beheaded POW of Japan), Malaya, 7 July 1945, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Kranji War Cemetery
Grave Location: Coll. Grave 28. A. 1-10.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Lakemba St Andrew's Anglican Church Memorial Windows, Operations Jaywick & Rimau
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World War 2 Service

21 Nov 1941: Enlisted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN N255751, Belmore, New South Wales
10 Sep 1942: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Lance Corporal, SN NX140476, Noonamah, Northern Territory
11 Sep 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Lance Corporal, SN NX140476
22 Feb 1945: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
7 Jul 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Lance Corporal, SN NX140476, "Z" Special Unit, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by Kathleen Bambridge

His role in the Z Special Forces was captured in the film The Highest honour also known as Heroes of the Krait, 1982, directed by John McLean.

"...NX140476 Lance Corporal John Thomas Hardy, Z Special Unit, of Narrabri, NSW. L/Cpl Hardy enlisted in the Citizens Military Force (N255751) in Darwin in November 1941. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 1 September 1942. Nine days later he transferred to the AIF and began extensive specialised training as a member of Z Special Unit. L/Cpl Hardy's unit left Australia in September 1944 to engage in operations to sink enemy ships in Singapore Harbour. In December 1944 L/Cpl Hardy and others were captured by the Japanese. They were executed in Singapore on 7 July 1945. He was 24 years of age." - SOURCE (


Biography contributed by Daniel Bishop

Son of John Sydney HARDY and Theresa May HARDY.