Born: 16th March 1878, Ipswich.
Died: 3rd October 1918; age 40; Died of Wounds. Served 2 years in France.
Residence: 28, Regent Street, Ipswich.
Employed: a Bricklayer for Messrs. Cubbitt and Gotts, builders, Westerfield, Suffolk.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: August 1915.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 607500
Regiment: Labour Corps, 714th Coy.
Formerly 41094, Suffolk Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Bessie Francis Hardwick, of 28, Regent Street, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.
1881 Imperial Cottages, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.
William was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Alfred Hardwick, 37, a Dock Labourer, born Bramford, Suffolk.
Sarah Ann Maria Hardwick (Miller), 39, a Laundress, born Whitton, Suffolk.
Emily Jane Hardwick, 17, a Luandress, born Ipswich.
Alfred Charles Hardwick, 15, an Errand Boy, born Ipswich.
Arthur James Hardwick, 11, born Ipswich.
Ernest George Hardwick, 6, born Ipswich.
Esther Hardwick, 1, born Ipswich.
1891 Cooper’s Farm, Tostock, Suffolk.
William was 13 years old he was a visitor at the family home of 32 year old Frederick Butterfint, a Hawker.
1901 6, Hilgrove Road, Hampstead, London.
William was 23 years old, a Bricklayer. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Alfred, 58, a Contractor – Labourer – in Yard.
Ernest, 25, a Bricklayer’s Labourer.
Esther, 21, a Laundress.
1911 7, Alverstone Road, Manor Park, Essex.
William was 33 years old, a Bricklayer’s Labourer. He was married & Head of the Household.
nephew & Bessie’s son Arthur James Hardwick, 14, born Ipswich.
On the 3rd August 1902, at Holy Trinity Church, Kilburn, William married Bessie Francis Hardwick (nee Pearson), born 1886, Ipswich.
They had 9 children:
Bessie Florence Hardwick, born May 1903, Ipswich.
Ethel Maud Hardwick, born November 1904, Ipswich.
Stanley William Hardwick, born December 1905, Ipswich.
William Edward Hardwick, born August 1907, Ipswich.
Dorothy May Hardwick, born June 1909, Ipswich.
Daisy V. Hardwick, born August 1911, Ipswich.
Frederick Ernest A. Hardwick, born December 1912.
Frank H. P. Hardwick, born 1914, Ipswich – died 1914, Ipswich
Agnes Violet Hardwick, born February 1916, Ipswich.
William’s son, 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.’ He was 39 years old. 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.