Hardman, Charles Henry. Died 21st Mar 1918.

Charles Henry Hardman was born in Rugby in 1892. He was baptised on 13th Mar 1892 at Bilton Church.   He was the eldest child of James Hardman and Elizabeth née Giles who were married at St Matthews on 19th Oct 1890.

To start with, the family lived at 3 Vine Place, but by 1901, when William was 9, they had moved to Overslade. Father James was a Domestic Groom.

By 1911 James and Elizabeth Hardman had 7 children, four more sons and two daughters. They lived at 36 Union Street Rugby and Charles was an Engineers machinist at B.T.H.

The following year Charles married Margaret A Salmon (or Salman). They had two children: Annie E in late 1912 and George H in 1914. Margaret later lived in Leamington

Charles Henry Hardman was mobilised with the Howitzer Battery at the start of the war and arrived in France on 31st Mar 1915 as a gunner (no.134, later 840128) with the Royal Field Artillery. He served with the 56 Battery, first with the 44 Howitzer Brigade and then from 26 May 1916 with the 34th Brigade. He would have taken part in most of the major battles of the war., including Operation Michael.

Gunner Charles Henry Hardman died on the 21st Mar 1918. He must have been killed in the Battle of St Quentin, as the site of the cemetery where he is buried, Neuville-Bourjonval was lost to the Germans on the 22nd, not to be retaken until the following September.

He was buried in a communal grave and his stone states he was “buried near this spot.”

He is also remembered on the BTH Memorial.

Charles was the third of the Hardman sons to die. Walter died in 1915 and William in 1917.

James Hardman, of 9 James Street, Rugby, took part in the opening of the Rugby Memorial gates in 1922. He pulled a cord releasing the Union Jacks to reveal the gates.

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Hardman, William John. Died 27 Oct 1917

William John Hardman was born in Rugby in 1897. He was baptised on 7th Feb 1899 at St Matthews Church, Rugby, together with his sister Nellie, born in late 1898. His parents were James Hardman and Elizabeth née Giles and they were married at St Matthews on 19th Oct 1890.

To start with the family lived at 3 Vine Place, but by 1901, when William was 3, they had moved to Overslade. Father James was a Domestic Groom.

By 1911 James and Elizabeth Hardman had 7 children, William was the fourth son. There was another younger so and two younger daughters. They lived at 36 Union Street Rugby and William was a shop assistant. Before he signed up he was employed by Mr W Elliott, of Dunchurch Road. (Probably at the Mineral Water Factory.)

He joined the 15th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment in May 1916. By this time the family were living at 9 James Street, Rugby.

William John Hardman died of wounds on 27th Oct 1917. The regiment had taken part in the Second Battle of Passchendaele, which started on the 26th.

He was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Lijssenthoek was the location for a number of casualty clearing stations during the First World War. The village was situated on the main communication line between the Allied military bases in the rear and the Ypres battlefields. Close to the Front, but out of the extreme range of most German field artillery, it became a natural place to establish casualty clearing stations.

His elder brother Walter had died in 1915. Another brother, Charles Henry, James and Elizabeth’s oldest son, was to die in 1918.

Mr Hardman would assist in the opening of the Rugby Memorial Gates, in 1921.

 

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Hardman, Walter. Died 9th May 1915

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.

Menin Gate inscription of Walter Hardman

Menin Gate inscription of Walter Hardman (http://www.findagrave.com/)

Walter was the first of three sons of James and Elizabeth Hardman who died in WW1.

 

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