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Name: James Edward (Chick) HARDY
Casualty No.: Ranks: Trooper Initials: J E Service No.: 4278427
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 30
Unit: 44th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address:
Previous Address: 36 Front Street, Winlaton, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Screenhand at the Mary Drift, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Sunday 24th September 1944
Place of Death: Holland
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Stargate War Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Veghel (Eerde) Roman Catholic Churchyard, Holland.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Italy Star. France and Germany Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of James Edward and Mary Ellen Hardy, of 36 Front Street, Winlaton, Co. Durham. Husband of Ethel Hardy of Crookhill, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : James had already served over four years in the Army, having seen action at El Alamein, Sicily and throughout Italy. He took part in the action when the Alimisol Ridge was held, eventually handing over to the Canadians. He returned to England in the early part of 1944, and then took part in the successful D Day landings of June that year. Having been in France for only ten days he succumbed to malaria fever and returned to England. After seven days rest he was eager to rejoin his comrades in France, he did so in July 1944.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Army Roll of Honour 1939-45. Blaydon Courier, 20th October 1944. Information from family members.
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