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Frederick Albert Foster HARDY

Regimental number62
Place of birthTow Law, County Durham, England
SchoolBerwick Grammar School, Border Town of Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia33
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Next of kinBrother, John Hardy, 58 Union Street, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceWent through the South African War under Lord Methuen.
Enlistment date15 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHeld the Rank of Sergeant in the Northumberland and Durham Yeomanry.
FateKilled in Action 9 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death from cemetery records40
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
155
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Annie HARDY. Native of Tow Law, Co. Durham, England
Family/military connections3 cousins killed.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 13 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 November 1916; taken on strength, 52nd Bn,14 December 1916.

Detached to Mining Section, 13th Brigade Headquarters, 17 January 1917; rejoined unit, 24 February 1917.

Killed in action, 9 June 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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