William Hardwick


Name  William Hardwick

Number    Sergeant 861

Battalion      21st Battalion  

Place of Birth   Brecon, Breconshire Wales 

Next of Kin   His sister Lily Norman of Brecon Wales. The son of Thomas and Mary Hardwick.

Date and place of enlistment   Leongatha 7/1/1915

Physical details on enlistment   Age 29 years 9 months 5’8”, 12 stone, blue eyes and light brown hair

Religion   Church of England

Occupation   Carpenter

Date and place of death

He was killed in action on 5/10/1918 at Montbrehain east of Peronne

Location of grave and memorial

He was buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery France

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He lived in Leongatha

 Military History

  • He migrated to Australia at the age of 20.
  • 7/1/15. He enlisted in Leongatha
  • He was in the 21st Battalion
  • He was in the Leongatha Rifle Club and had been in Breconshire Volunteers for 2 years
  • 10/5/15 He embarked Melbourne on the HMAT Ulysses
  • He went to Egypt
  • He served at Gallipoli where he was injured
  • 11/7/16 He went to Marseilles
  • 15/7/16 He went to school for instruction
  • 11/10/16 He went to officer training in Gailes Ayrshire and became a 2nd Lieutenant
  • 15/12/16 He proceeded oversea
  • He joined the 21st Battalion
  • 3/5/17 He was at Bullecourt and received a severe gun shoot wound to the right elbow and spent time in hospital
  • 7/5/17 He went to England
  • 10/9/17 He attended a course at Tidworth on the Lewis Gun 18/9/17
  • 5/10/18 He was killed in action
  • In his will he left his estate to his sisters Lily Norman of Brecon, Elsie Hill and brother Thomas Hardwick in equal shares
  • The executor of his will was Frederick William Morris builder of Leongatha
  • James Sutherland of Leongatha solicitor had the will. He applied for probate for the will
  • Mary Walters 2 The Avenue Windsor sought information about William as he was her first cousin.
  • He won a Military Cross

Military Cross ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his platoon was held up by fire from a mine crater he rushed forward with three men killing two of the enemy and dispersing the remainder. He set a fine example of courage and initiative.’
Source: ‘Commonwealth Gazette’ No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Bar to Military Cross’ For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the flank of an advance was seriously hampered by machine gun fire, he led forward a party, drove the enemy from their position, captured a machine gun and six prisoners, and established a post on the captured ground under heavy fire. He showed great courage and skill.’
Source: ‘Commonwealth Gazette’ No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Recommendations (Medals and Awards) Mention in Despatches
Awarded, and promulgated, ‘London Gazette’, fourth Supplement, No. 29664 (11 July 1919); ‘Commonwealth Gazette’ No. 176 (30 November 1916)
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular “Mentioned in Despatches 10th April, 1916 for distinguished and gallant services rnedered during the period of General Sir Charles Munro’s Command of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. No. 861 Sergeant William Emlyn Hardwick”. Details from Sister


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