McHardy, John: Service no. 400833


Digitized Service Record

Source: T.O.S. December 1916 per War Diary.


This soldier was a 26-year old watchmaker who enlisted at St. Thomas, Ontario January 13, 1915. He was originally assigned to the 9th Battalion and was posted as a Temporary Lieutenant on November 21, 1916. On December 2, 1916, he was posted for duty with the 18th Battalion and arrived with the Battalion on December 7, 1916, in France. He served with the Battalion until wounded on December 27, 1916. He returned to England for treatment and proceeded to France when recovered to serve with the Battalion, arriving September 9, 1917. He received two 14-day leaves in the intervening time and returned from his last leave in July 1918. He served with the Battalion until receiving mortal wounds on August 26, 1918, dying of them the same day.

August 8, 1918 War Diary entry reads: “Up to this time the casualties had been much smaller than anticipated although Lieut. McHardy had gone only a short distance from the Assault trench when he sustained mortal shrapnel wounds.”

August 26, 1918 war diary entry giving some details of Lt. Hardy’s death.
“Killed in Action” He was struck in the stomach from an enemy shell during the attack on Guemappe, on the morning of August 26th, 1918. He died a few minutes later.
Grave Marker – Photo courtesy Wilf Schofield, England. Source: CVWM

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