Walter Hardman’s birth was registered in the second quarter of 1895 in Rugby. He was baptised in May 1895 at Bilton. His parents were James Hardman and Elizabeth née Giles and they were married in Rugby in the fourth quarter of 1890.
In 1901, Walter was 5 and the family lived in Overslade. And father James was a Domestic Groom.
In 1911 James and Elizabeth Hardman had 7 children, Walter being the third child. The family lived in 36 Union Street Rugby. Walter was an Engineers Machinist.
Walter Hardman joined the Rifle Brigade (date unknown). His service number was Z/455. He arrived in France on 26 Jan 1915 and he was killed in action on 9 May 1915 at the Battle of Aubers Ridge, aged 20. His Commonwealth War Grave record states he was in the 1st Battalion of the Rifles but the only military record found, showing award of the Victory medal, states he was in the 2nd Battalion of the Rifles.
He is remembered on Panel 46-48 and 50 of the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.
Walter was the first of three sons of James and Elizabeth Hardman who died in WW1.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM