William Edward Hardy
Private 16865 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 10th Battalion
Killed in Action Flanders 6th August 1916 : Aged 26
Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval - XXII Q 9
Born and residing in Huthwaite with wife Mary Jane Hardy and a son at 34 King Street. William Edward was the third son of Mr and Mrs William Hardy of Sherwood Street. Another former New Hucknall Colliery worker dutifully enlisted in September 1914. Twice wounded in France where he was ultimately killed.
Notts Free Press - 1st September 1916
Private Wm. Edward Hardy, 16865, 6th. Platoon, 10th. Battalion Sherwood foresters, met his death in France on August 6th. He was 26 years of age and married, his home address being 36, King Street, Huthwaite, and he was the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm Hardy, Sherwood Street. Private Hardy worked at New Hucknall Colliery previous to his enlistment in September, 1914. He went to France in October of last year, and at Christmas was at home with a bullet wound in the foot, which kept him from active service about three months in all. He was again wounded in action subsequently, and eventually, as stated, news arrived that he had been killed in action. The first intimation was the following letter, dated August 13th. and went to his wife:-
“Dear Friend,-just a line to let you know that your husband got killed in action, and that he did his duty like a man would do. I am very sorry it happened, and I send my deepest sympathy to you. I know it will be a very hard blow for you, but I could not save him or I would have done. There is another thing that I will tell you; he is buried all right, and I will look after his grave while I am anywhere near it. I shall never forget the last words he spoke. They were “Just let my wife know and also my little lad” and I said I would. It has upset me to lose him, and I think I will close this letter, as I cannot tell you any more, because I am down-hearted myself. Remember me to our Lizzie when you get over it. I told my wife to come up to see if you were all right.-Yours truly, H. Walters” Walters is a Sutton man whose home is in Bishop Street. The official notification arrived last Saturday morning.
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