ARTHUR JAMES HARDWICK

Image from 1918 Suffolk Chronical & Mercury newspaper.

 

Born: 1898, Ipswich.

Died: 5th September 1918; age: 29; KiA.

Employed: Mr. T. Callander, a Grocer, of Brook Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: January 1915.

Service: Went to France in March, 1917.

 

Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 200838.

Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment, 1st/1st Battalion.

Formerly 3123, Suffolk Regiment.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

III.M.38.

Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension,

Somme,

France.

 

Nephew & step son to WILLIAM HARDWICK and step brother to STANLEY WILLIAM HARDWICK.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   6, The Terrace, Willesden, Middlesex.

 

Arthur was 3 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

Arthur James Hardwick, 27, a Carpenter, born Ipswich.

Bessie Frances Hardwick (nee Pearson), 24, born Ipswich.

Margaret Esther Emily Hardwick, 4, born Ipswich.

May Bessie E. Hardwick, 2, born Ipswich.

Lilian Victoria Hardwick, 2 months, born Willesden, Middlesex.

 

Between the years 1901 – 1904 Arthur’s father Arthur James Hardwick and his sisters Margaret, May & Lily died in Hendon, Middlesex. Lily and May in 1901, Margaret and Arthur in 1902.

In August 1902, at Holy Trinity Church, Kilburn, his mother Bessie married her late husband’s brother, 24 year old, William Hardwick, a Bricklayer. Bessie and William had 9 children. William Hardwick also died in the war on the 3rd October 1918, France.

 

1911   7, Alverstone Road, Manor Park, Essex.

 

Arthur was 14 years old and living with his mother, uncle/step father & step siblings.

William Hardwick, 33, a Bricklayer’s Labourer, born Ipswich.

Bessie, 34.

Bessie Florence Hardwick, 8, born Ipswich.

Ethel Maud Hardwick, 6, born Ipswich.

Stanley William Hardwick, 5, born Ipswich.

William Edward Hardwick, 3, born Ipswich.

Dorothy May Hardwick, 2, born Ipswich.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Bessie Frances Hardwick – mother.

 

Arthur’s step brother, 39 year old, Stanley William Hardwick died during the Second World War as a Japanese PoW on the 12th September 1944, aboard the HELL SHIP ‘Kachidoki Maru’ when the Japanese ship (used for carrying prisoners and troops to Japan) was torpedoed and sunk by the U.S.S. ‘Pampanito.’ Stanley was ranked a Warrant Officer Class II (Company Sergeant Major), service number 1669037, for the Royal Norfolk Regiment, 6th Battalion. Stanley’s final resting place is unknown and he is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial.

 

Cambridgeshire Regiment, 1st/1st Battalion:

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