|Place of birth||Nottingham, England|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Age at embarkation||29|
|Next of kin||Father, F Hardcastle, 18 Sherwood Road, Worksop, Nottingham, England|
|Previous military service||Nil (previously deferred on account of eyesight)|
|Place of enlistment||Naracoorte, South Australia|
|Unit name||48th Battalion, 10th Reinforcements|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Port Melbourne on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Driver|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 16 July 1917; disembarked Liverpool, England, 16 September 1917; marched in to 12th Training Bn, Codford, 17 September 1917.
Proceeded overseas to France, 18 December 1917; taken on strength, 43rd Bn, in the field, 14 December 1917.
Wounded in action, 12 August 1918 (gun shot wound, arm and leg), and admitted to 53rd Field Ambulance, and transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 23, 13 August 1918, and transferred to 47th General Hospital; to England, 16 August 1918, and Kitchener War Hospital, Brighton, 17 August 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 26 August 1918; discharged to Littlemore Camp, Weymouth, 28 August 1918.
Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 9 October 1918.
Admitted to Military Hospital, Sutton Veny, 24 October 1918 (influenza); discharged to No 1 Command Depot, 19 December 1918.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'City of York', 14 January 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 24 February 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 19 March 1919.
War service: 2 years 10 days (of which 1 year 244 days was abroad)
Medals: British War Medal, Victory MedalMedal stamps marked 'Returned 3.3.24'.
|Miscellaneous details||Name does not appear on Embarkation Roll.|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, HARDCASTLE Rudolph|