Fred Hardy (c.1896-1918)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

HARDY, FRED. Private. No 38236. 5th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment. Born Holmfirth. Son of Mr and Mrs J. Hardy, 25 Brownhill Lane, Holmbridge. Educated at Holmbridge Day and Sunday School. Employed firstly at Yew Tree Mill and then at Hinchliffe Mill Mill. Prior to enlistment, was employed by Messrs Whiteley and Green. Enlisted September 1916. Embarked for France in January, 1917. Came home on sick leave in March, 1918, but returned to France in April, 1918. Reported missing 27.5.1918. Died as a Prisoner of War in Germany, 18.9.1918, aged 22 years. Buried NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY, CASSEL, GERMANY. Grave location:- Plot 4, Row C, Grave 14.
His parents received the following letter from a comrade of their son, who wrote, 'I must say Mrs Hardy he got the best attention that could be given to him by either his comrades or the camp staff but owing to him being far through with dysentery and weakness it was impossible for him to come through it. As I was his bedmate and a little stronger than he I gladly gave him every best attention which was appreciated very much. I must say he was a dear chum of mine. Before I close on behalf of all the lads in the ward I offer their greatest sympathy.'
ROH:- Holme and Holmbridge War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission