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Person Details
Mansfield Nottinghamshire
George Arthur was the youngest son of Herbert and Emma Hardy (née Buckle). His father was born in Mansfield in 1851 and his mother at Holbeck, Leeds, in 1854. Herbert and Emma were married at Holbeck in 1873 (reg. A/M/J) and had eleven children, one of whom died in infancy: Benjamin b. Holbeck 1875, Martha b. Carnforth Lancashire 1876 d. 1876, Frank b. Carnforth birth registered 1878 (J/F/M), Mary Ellen b. Carnforth 1879, Sarah Emma b. Carnforth 1881, Herbert b. Nottingham birth registered 1884 (J/F/M), Harry b. Nottingham birth registered 1886 (J/F/M), John b. Mansfield 1887, Sybil Kate b. Mansfield 1890, William b. Mansfield 1892 and George Arthur b. Mansfield 1895 (O/N/D). Herbert and Martha's first child Benjamin was born in Holbeck, Leeds, in 1875 then their subsequent four children were born in Carnforth, Lancaster, between 1876 and 1882. In 1881 Benjamin (30), a railway engine driver, and Emma (27) were living in Carnforth with their three children Benjamin (6), Frank (3) and Mary Ellen (1). Their eldest daughter, Martha, had died in 1876 and their third daughter Sarah was born in Carnforth at the end of 1881. Their next two children, Herbert and Harry, were born in Nottingham in 1884 and 1886 respectively but they had moved to Mansfield by the time of the birth of their ninth child, Sybil, in 1890. In 1891 the family was living on Portland Street, Mansfield. Herbert was now a boot dealer and insurance agent. He and Emma had eight children: Benjamin a druggist's clerk, Frank an errand boy, Mary, Sarah (9), Herbert (7), Harry (5), John (3) and Sybil (1). Herbert and Emma were living on Portland Terrace, Portland Street, in 1901. In the home on the night of the census were eight of their ten children: Benjamin a Poor Law clerk, Sarah a wrapper (jam factory), Herbert a haberdasher's assistant, Harry a sadler's apprentice, John an errand boy, Sybil, William (9) and George (5). Frank, a tailor's traveller, was recorded in Tibshelf, Derbyshire, a visitor in the home of William and Mary Ann Sugars whose daughter Ada he was to later marry. Mary was a hospital nurse at the Union Workhouse, Horninglow, Burton upon Trent. Herbert snr. died aged 57 in September 1908. His widow, Emma, was living at 29 Portland Road, Mansfield, in 1911. Also in the home on the night of the census were five of her children: Herbert was a clothier's shop assistant, Harry a saddler and harness maker (employer), Sybil Kate of no occupation, William a grocer’s shop assistant, and George a tailor’s errand boy. Of her other five children: Benjamin had married Elizabeth Slack in 1902 and they and their three children were living in Huthwaite. Frank had married Ada Sugars, also in 1902 and they and their three children were living in Mansfield. Mary Ellen was a district nurse and living in Acklington, East Chevington, Northumberland, in the home of another district nurse. Sarah had married Ernest Mann in 1902. John had married Cecilia Ethel Burton in 1910 and they and their son were living in Huthwaite. Emma died on 1 February 1915. A newspaper report of George's death in 1917 recorded that one brother [John] had been permanently disabled at La Bassee, two of his sisters were nursing in England - Mary Ellen and Sibyl Kate who in 1939 was assistant matron at a hospital in Wakefield, Yorkshire - and two brothers [Harry and probably Herbert] and a brother-in-law were also serving. John served in the Grenadier Guards and suffered serious wounds in 1915 and also contracted tuberculosis while on active service. He was discharged from the army on medical grounds in 1916 and died in 1918. The report of John's death in the local paper recorded that 'One brother [George Arthur] has been killed in action and there are two others in the army [Harry and probably Herbert]. Two of his sisters [Mary and Sibyl] are nurses, and there is a brother-in-law in France.' Harry attested on 16 December 1915 and transferred to the Army Reserve the following day. He was mobilised on 13 October 1916 and served with the Royal Field Artillery; the army had confirmed his qualifications as a saddler and harness maker. Harry was married in October 1915 and his wife made an enquiry in August 1919 about obtaining a passport to visit her husband in Germany so it can be assumed that he served with the army of occupation. Harry was demobilized in September 1919. The other brother to serve was probably Herbert (b. 1884). The two other brothers, Benjamin and Frank, were in their late thirties when war was declared.
In 1911 he was a tailor's errand boy. He later worked as a cabinet maker in the establishment of Mr. E. Parkes (Mansfield) but prior to enlisting worked in the warehouse of CWS hosiery factory.
05 Aug 1917
908888 - CWGC Website
North Street Huthwaite. Enlisted Sutton in Ashfield.
8th Bn East Surrey Regiment
"B" Coy. 8th Bn East Surrey Regiment. Formerly 2290 Royal Sussex Regiment. Formerly Army Cyclists Corps. He first went to France as a member of the Army Cyclists’ Corps. However, he suffered a gunshot wound through the side and returned to England where he spent several months recovering from his injury. George returned to France in May 1917 and was transferred to the East Surreys on 27 July 1917. He was killed in action on 5 August 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 34).
George's brother John served in the Grenadier Guards (11870) before the war and was mobilised from the Army Reserve in 1914. Badly wounded at La Bassee in March 1915, he was discharged from the army and died on 18 March 1918. (See record on this Roll of Honour) Mansfield Reporter, ‘Deaths’, 15 February 1915: 'On the 1st inst., Emma Hardy, Berry Hill-lane, aged 61 years.' (britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Notts Free Press – 14th September, 1917: 'LOCAL SOLDIERS KILLED - PRIVATE G.A. HARDY, HUTHWAITE' '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 [Mary and Sybil] are engaged in nursing in England.'
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  • Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.org)
    George Arthur Hardy - Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.org)