Huthwaite War Memorial Project

HARDY J. 11870

Huthwaite War Memorial

John Hardy

Lance Corporal 11870 - Grenadier Guards

Died of Wounds at Huthwaite 18th March 1918 : Aged 30

Mansfield (Nottingham Road) Cemetery, ref. A. 7165

Born in Mansfield a son of the late Mr. And Mrs. Herbert Hardy. John was a reservist recalled into action after settled here with wife Cecelia Ethel and their son residing 14 King Street, Huthwaite. I find he gains another listing upon the Mansfield Memorial with his burial in that towns cemetery on Nottingham Road.

Notts Free Press 22nd March 1918

Huthwaite Ex-Soldier's Death
Corporal Hardy’s Sudden End

The death took place on Monday, unexpectedly, of Corporal J. Hardy, at his home in King street, Huthwaite, at the age of 30. Corporal Hardy who was a native of Mansfield was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. H. Hardy. He was a reservist of the Grenadier Guards, and was called up on the outbreak of war, and went to France in the following January, and was badly wounded at La Bassee in March, just three years ago. He was in English hospitals and convalescent homes for 14 months, having developed tuberculosis, while some of his wounds never healed up and caused him intense suffering up to the end. After his return home he went about for some time in a bathchair, but eventually a luxurious invalid carriage was obtained for him from the Lord Kitchener Memorial Fund, and a donkey was provided locally, and many people will remember seeing him driving about the locality.

He never entertained the idea that he could recover, and he had to take to his bed ten days before his death, which was due to hemorrhage, although the end was not expected so soon. In spite of his continual pain and suffering he was always bright and cheery, and he lived as long as he did by sheer will-power. He never complained, but endured his hard lot with patience and fortitude. He leaves a widow and one son. The funeral took place at Mansfield Cemetery on Thursday, it being his own wish that he should be interred where his parents lie. A service was held at the Nottingham Road Primitive Methodist Church, with which the family have long been connected. There were only the immediate family mourners present, as it was another of the deceased’s wishes that there should be no military honours and no unnecessary display. One brother has been killed in action, and there are two others in the army. Two of his sisters are nurses, and there is a brother-in-law in France. This is an exceptionally good military record for one family. Another brother is Councillor Frank Hardy of Mansfield.

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Written 24 Jul 06 Revised 08 Feb 09 © by Gary Elliott