Edward Hardwick

Photo of Edward Hardwick at the Sergeants

Musketry course ( Edward is in the back row 2nd left as viewed) 

He was born 15th July 1887, and lived all his life, in Yaxley and died 19th May 1958.

Local newspaper entries indicate that by 18th December 1914 Private E. Hardwick had been promoted to the rank of Provisional Corporal at the time it was indicated that he was serving as soldier number 640 in C Company in the 2/1st Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.

He later transferred to the 4th Bedfordshire Regiment with the Army Number 290173

He was a Corporal in both the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion and the 4th Battalion Bedford Regiment.

(In an order raised at 7. 00 pm, Vine Cottage, Chapel St. Leonard's, on 5 March 1917 by W. L. Stephenson, Lieut. and acting Adjt. (2.1), he held the existing rank of Sergeant in B company (2.1) . His new substantive rank was to be Corp. and was effective from 1/12/1914. This order was issued under The Army Council Instruction No.115 of 1917. (In an order raised at The George Hotel, Alford, Lieut. Col. J. L. Stanley issued order No. 90 part 2 Territorials (2.1) on 17 April 1917 indicating that he was appointed paid Lance Sergeant to 16 April 1917. At the time he was serving in B company (2.1) for rations, accommodation and discipline.

Enlargement of photo above.

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Under Battalion orders 242, issued by Lieut. Col. M. D. Barkley, officer commanding 2/1st Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion issued at Vine cottage, Chapel St. Leonard's, Alford, Lincs. on 12th October 1917 at 6:30 p.m., and signed by W. J. Satchell (Captain and Adjutant), orders being for the following day i.e. 13th October 1917, records indicate that he was granted proficiency pay class 1 instead of class 2 from 4/1/1917, at the time he was a lance sergeant in B company of the 2/1st. Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion stationed on the Lincolnshire coast.

These two photographs were kindly provided by Bob Randall  - many thanks for his permission to place them here.

Acting Sergeant E. Hardwick - 290173 - Under Battalion orders, [part 2] issued by Lieut. Col. M. D. Barkley, officer commanding 2/1st Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion issued at Beechlands, Skegness on 11th August 1918, and signed by W. J. Satchell (Captain and Adjutant), on 10th August 1918 at 2-0 p.m., [Territorials] records indicate that he was posted to the 3rd Bedford Regiment on the 10/8/1918 and therefore struck off the strength of the Battalion. At the time he was attached to B company. [Authority - 0.1c no. 2 Records Warley, 4/57/34 dated 6/8/1918].

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. . Martyn Smith