George Arthur Hardy
Private 28093 - East Surrey Regiment
7th Platoon, B Company, 8th Battalion
Enlisted: Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts
Killed in Action 5th August, 1917 : Aged 21
Ypres (Menin Gate Memorial) Panel 34
Private 28093 George Arthur Hardy was born 13th October 1895 in Mansfield. Parents 1873 West Yorkshire marriage between a next door boarder, Railway Engine Driver Mr Herbert Hardy from Mansfield and neighbouring families daughter Miss Emma Buckle from Holbeck Leeds, later secured their own family home in Carnforth, Lancashire. Fourth and fifth children born in Nottingham predates fathers home town return by 1886, while changing occupation through Boot Dealer to Insurance Agent.
Mansfield 1901 lists entire household at 29 Portland Street, last headed by Herbert Hardy 50 before his 1908 death. Mrs Emma Hardy 47, still mothered Benjamin 26, Sarah E 19, Herbert 17, Harry 15, John 13, Sybil Kate 11, William 9, and George Arthur 5.
Mr George Arthur Hardy was youngest family member still at 1911 home, aged 15 working as Tailors Errand Boy. He moved on from Mansfield Cabinet Maker to share North Street house plus Huthwaite CWS hosiery factory warehouse employment with eldest brother Benjamin. Sutton enlistment for military service initially numbered Pte 2290 G A Hardy in the 1/6th Royal Sussex Regiment. That Cyclist Battalion landed in France early 1915, where a bullet wound forced quick return to an England hospital.
Private 28093 G A Hardy was shipped back into France May 1917 with transferal into the 1st East Surrey Regiment. A final placement with the 8th Battalion in Belgium is where and with whom he was killed in action 5th August 1917, aged 21. Huthwaite roll of honour given G A Hardy would later add his brother J Hardy as next alphabetical listing on the Cemetery Cenotaph.
Official news has been heard of the death in action of Private G.A. Hardy, 7th Platoon, B Company, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Private Hardy was the youngest son of the late Mr. And Mrs H. Hardy of Mansfield. He was employed when he joined the army a year and eight months ago, at the C.W.S. hosiery factory, being in the warehouse, and he lodged with a brother (Mr. Ben Hardy) in North Street, Huthwaite. He had lived in Huthwaite some months, but previously he was a cabinet maker in the establishment of Mr. E. Parkes (Mansfield)
Private Hardy first went out to France as a member of the Cyclists’ Corps, but was wounded early, and was in England several months recovering from a gunshot wound through the side, and he spent his twenty-first birthday in hospital. Returning to France in May last he was transferred to the East Surreys, and on the 27th of last month news of his death in action was received by a sister in Birmingham.
Private Hardy was one of a numerous family. One of his brothers is Councillor Frank Hardy (Mansfield) and another is Lance-Corporal J. Hardy of Huthwaite, who was permanently disabled at La Bassee while fighting with the Grenadier Guards. There are two other brothers at the front and a brother-in-law, while two sisters are engaged in nursing in England.