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andrew pugh
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Good evening everyone.

Could anybody help me with this soldier.My wife is doing some family history research and we managed to meet a member of her family at the weekend that she has never known or met before,during our conversation about the family the subject about her Grandfather was mentioned,he was in the 9th bn East Yorkshire Regiment.His name was John Hardy(private}

Service Number 14517.I prlnted off the medal index card from the National Archives but cannot make out if he was killed in action or not the card is very feint and not very clear.We were told that he was killed and is commemorated on the Menin Gate.So I the looked on the Commonwealth War Graves site and he is not even listed.We would dearly like to know if he is listed on Menin Gate,and also try and find what area of the North East he came from,We think he came from Willington County Durham.If anyone could help I would be greatful,as it will help us to continue with my wifes family research.

Regards Andy.

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Hi Andy,

14517

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John Hardy

East Yorkshire Regiment

Posted wounded in the Regimental Journal April 1917

His number suggests he joined up March 1915 in the 9th Battalion, his peers then joined the 6th Battalion. The information I have also suggests he joined up in County Durham either Washington or Bishop Auckland. I believe he survived the war.

Not Conclusive but hope it helps, by April 1917 the rules of censorship did not allow the naming of Battalions.

Regards Charles

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Hi Charles.

Thanks for that information,we will have to dig a bit deeper on our research on this man. John Hardy had a brother called William Hardy my wife's Grandfather, she has a photograph of him in his uniform issued to the wounded,so we know he also served in the army and was wounded but that is as much as we know about him,we dont know what regiment he served in or his service number,and there isnt any one left in the family to give us that information.Wish we had started our family research a few years sooner, always the way isnt it.

Regards Andy

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Andy,

I have 6 William Hardy's who served in the Great War with the East Yorkshire Regiment on my database. Any snippet of information may shorten the odds. If you could post the photo it may help.

Regards Charles

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Hello again Charles.

I dont know if William Hardy was in the East Yorks or not, the photo doesnt show any badge or other form of I.D, all we have is his date of birth and that he came from Willington Near Crook Durham.His date of birth is 12th May 1896.His place of birth is Newfield,Durham.His Three brothers John Hardy(private)14517 born1892,and Joseph Hardy born1898,and Thomas Hardy, born1890.

Basically we know that John,and William Hardy were in the army,the other two were of the right age for service and assume that they also would have joined coming from a good mining family, a very close family.Their parents names wereThomas and Hannah Hardy I will try and get the photos scanned and send them to you at a later date as at the moment i dont have a scanner of my own to use.

I hope this isnt to confusing.

regards Andy (Nothing is ever straight forward and easy is it?)

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