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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Nottingham Road Cemetery, Mansfield.
Person Details
Mansfield
John (Jack) was born in 1888 in Mansfield, the son Herbert an insurance agent and Emma Hardy née Buckle. His father had been born in Mansfield in 1851, his mother Emma had been born in Holbeck Leeds in 1854. They had been married in Holbeck in June 1873 and had 11 children one of whom died in infancy prior to 1911. Their children were: Benjamin b1875 Holbeck, Leeds, Frank b1878 Carnforth, Mary I b1880 Carnforth, Sarah E b1882 Carnforth, Lancashire, Herbert b1884 Nottingham, Mary b1886 Nottingham, John b1888 Mansfield, Sybil Kate b1890 Mansfield, William b1892 Mansfield, George Arthur b1896. They lived at 29 Portland Street Mansfield. In September 1908 his father Herbert death is recorded in the Mansfield Registration District aged 57. John married Cecilia Ethel Burton on 17th August 1910 and they had a son Jack Lionel who was born 10th March 1911. The family lived at 14 King Street, Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire. In 1911 John’s family lived at 29 Portland Road Mansfield. Emma was head of the household, Herbert was a clothing shop assistant, Mary a saddler and harness maker, Sybil Kate , William 19 a grocer’s shop assistant, and George Arthur 15 a tailor’s errand boy.
Colliery stoker and later a plumber
18 Mar 1918
30
2750048 - CWGC Website
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Lance Corporal
Grenadier Guards
John first enlisted on 19th December 1904. He served in the Grenadier Guards and later transferred to the Army Reserve. He was mobilised on 5th August 1914. He went out to the Western Front in January 1915. He was badly wounded at La Bassee in March 1915 and was in English hospitals and convalescent homes for 14 months, having also developed tuberculosis. He was discharged on 3rd April 1916 due to gun shot wound to leg (broken femur, tibula and fibula) and had also contracted pulmonary phthisis (TB) on active service. He was issued with silver badge number 190181. He died on Monday 18th March 1918 and was buried on Thursday 21st March in a simple ceremony, at his own request, in Nottingham Road Cemetery. John Hardy is commemorated in a Book of Remembrance held by Mansfield District Council.
CWGC headstone personal inscription: 'Thy will be done' 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.' His brother George Arthur also served during the Great War with the East Surrey Regiment and was killed in action on 5th August 1917.
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Nottingham Road Cemetery, Mansfield.
    John Hardy - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Nottingham Road Cemetery, Mansfield.