HARDIE, Graeme

Service Number: NX23827
Enlisted: 1 June 1940
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Willoughby, New South Wales, Australia, 1 February 1920
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: St Ives, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia , 19 July 2016, aged 96 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Macquarie Park Cemetery & Crematorium
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World War 2 Service

1 Jun 1940: Enlisted Private, NX23827
1 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, NX23827, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
4 Sep 1943: Involvement Private, NX23827, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns
29 Nov 1945: Discharged Private, NX23827, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
29 Nov 1945: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, NX23827, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement Private, NX23827, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Jeffrey Crisdale

WIA New Guinea

Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Graeme was the youngest of two children of Alexander (Sandy) Forrester Hardie (born 1879 at Burrawong in NSW) and Elsie Mahood (born 1890 in Sydney, NSW). Sandy and Elsie married in 1915 in Sydney, NSW, where Sandy was of 'Independent Means'. He had served in the Boer War as a Trooper (Service No:54) with the 1st NSW Mounted Rifles and in WWI as a Private (Service Nos:32730/56984) in Egypt with the Light Horse Reinforcements.

Graeme was a Bank Clerk when he enlisted in June 1940 in the Australian Army, serving in New Guinea with 2/17 Infantry Battalion as a Private (Service No:NX23827). Graeme was Discharged in November 1945. Older brother Ross - an Aviator - had sailed to England in 1938 and enlisted in the RAF as a Warrant Officer/Pilot (No:902422). He was KIA on 17 May 1944 when the Marauder FB509 he was piloting crashed at Catania in Sicily, Italy.

Graeme returned to work as a Bank Clerk, where he met Betty Eastman (born 1922 in NSW) - Betty was a Bank Clerk at Chatswood. Graeme and Betty married in 1952 at Chatswood, NSW and settled in Bradfield, Sydney NSW where Graeme worked as a Bank Officer until retirement. Betty died in 2013 and Graeme in 2016.