Born: 1914, Ipswich.

Died: 27th May 1940; age: 26; Died of Wounds.

Residence: 619, Bramford Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Guardsman; Service Number: 2613354.

Regiment: Grenadier Guards, 3rd Battalion – Foot Guards.


Medals Awarded: Military Medal. London Gazetted – 20th December 1940. His citation reads:

On the 21st May 1940, this Guardsman twice volunteered to return from his forward post to fetch ammunition. This necessitated crossing over ground that was heavily swept by MG fire. By his gallant conduct, his platoon was able to maintain their fire and inflict heavy casualties on the enemy.”


Grave Reference:

British Plot – Grave 71.

Comines (Komen) Communal Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs W. Hardy, of 49, Beaconsfield Road, Ipswich; husband of Ada Hardy, of Ipswich.


Father: Alfred William Hardy, born December 1888, Ipswich. A Maintenance Electrician.

Mother: Mabel Blanche N. Hardy (nee Tooley), born April 1881, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


In 1937, Ipswich, William married Ada May Hodge, born December 1913, Chard, Somerset.

They had 1 daughter:

Gillian Hardy, born February 1938, Ipswich.



William’s wife and daughter were living at their family home with Ada’s brother – 619, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

Ada, unpaid Domestic Duties.


Frederick Harry Hodge, a Boot & Shoe Repairer, born January 1910, Chard, Somerset.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at the Town Hall, Ipswich


  • William Frederick Hardy, (Uncle Bill) was my mothers brother, my mother was Margaret May Collins, known as Molly (nee Hardy).
    I know something of the patchy history of Uncle Bill and visited his gravesite in Belgium with my late parents. The record speaks for itself, Uncle Bill was a hero and made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life like so many of his generation.
    As a nephew to Uncle Bill, am far removed I migrated to Australia many years ago. Australia pays great reverance to fallen hero’s, ” LEST WE FORGET”

  • I have discovered this afternoon the “chemin du 3eme bataillon de grenadier” in Comines or Komen in Belgium with a reference to your uncle and to the battle end of May 1940.
    We will remember his sacrifice and God bless him
    RiP William


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