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Private W Hardwick


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Private William HARDWICK, G/17620, 6th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died whilst a Prisoner of War Autreville Camp, Northern France, 25th June 1918.

Born Bramford, Suffolk, son of John & Emily Hardwick, Bramford Road,No.1 Runcton, Suffolk.


1911 Census - No.1. Runton Cottage, Rutton, Bramford, near Ipswich, Suffolk - Emily Hardwick, head, age 61, widow, married 40 year, 6 children, all still alive, born Bramford, Suffolk; John Hardwick, son, age 35, single, labourer brickwork, worker, born Bramford, Suffolk; *James Hardwick, son, age 33, married, labourer, born Bramford, Suffolk; Charlie Hardwick, son, age 31, single, labourer brickwork, worker, born Bramford, Suffolk; *Mary Ann Hardwick, daughter, age 29, married, born Bramford, Suffolk; Maude Scrivener, daughter, age 27, married 8 years, 3 children, all still alive, born Bramford, Suffolk; William Hardwick, son, age 28, single, labourer brickwork, worker, born Bramford, Suffolk.

*entries crossed through.


Enlisted Ipswich, Suffolk, age 36 years & 6months, height 5ft 7¾ inches. Formerly labourer.

Home 11th December 1915 to 6th October 1916; BEF 7th October 1916 to 15th October 1917; Home 16th October 1917 to 21st January 1918; BEF 22nd January 1918 to 25th June 1918.

11th December 1915, enlisted; 12th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 24th March 1916, mobilized & posted 12th Reserve Battalion, The Queens, Service No.G/11817; 1st September 1916, transferred & posted 97th Training Reserve; 7th October 1916 transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment; 7th October 1916, embarked; 24th October 1916, joined 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, In the Field; 24th January 1917, attached 37 Brigade Depot Company; 7th February 1917, rejoined Battalion; 3rd October 1917, wounded in action; 3rd October 1917, 19 Casualty Clearing Station, gun shot wound left leg & chin?; 6th October 1917, Rouen, 9 General Hospital; 14th October 1917, to England, ex Rouen, 9 General Hospital; 16th October 1917, arrived Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Hampshire, ex SS Panama, admitted direct to Highfield Hall Hospital, Southampton; 27th November 1917, discharged from Hospital; 27th November 1917 to 6th December 1917, furlough; 6th December 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd January 1918,posted BEF; 23rd January 1918, embarked; 30th January 1918, joined Battalion In the Field; 28th March 1918, posted missing; *25th June 1918, died of bronchial pneumonia, whilst a Prisoner of War Autreville Camp, Northern France.

2nd December 1918, date when Separation Allowance of 8/9 a week cease.

*15th January 1919, death reported on official German List.

27th September 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, deceased; Mother, Emily Hardwick, 1 Runcton, Bramford, near Ipswich; Brother - John Hardwick, age 48, 1 Runcton, Bramford, near Ipswich; Sister -Mary Ann Harner?, age 42, 58 Nelson Road, Ipswich.

11th April 1920, letter from S L Binney?, 48 Carlisle Mansions, Victoria Street, SW1 - "Will you kindly let me have the address of the next of kin of 17620 Pte Hardwick, 6th Royal West Kent Regiment. I have a photograph of his grave in France which his relatives might like to have."

Buried at Chauny Communal Cemetery British Extension, 1. E. 8., France.


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