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Rev Theodore Bailey Hardy
Birth: Oct. 20, 1863
Death: Oct. 18, 1918

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient, one of three chaplains to be awarded the VC. He was a Chaplain 4th Class, in the Army Chaplains' Department, attached to the 8th Bn. The Lincolnshire Regiment. He was 54 and in addition to the Victoria Cross, he held the DSO (Distinguished Service Order) and the MC (Military Cross). He was appointed Chaplain to His Majesty, 17th Sept., 1918. He was the son of George and Sarah Richards Hardy, of Exeter and the husband of the late Florence Elizabeth Hardy (nee Hastings), of Hutton Roof Vicarage, Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland. His citation reads, "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on many occasions. Although over 50 years of age, he has, by his fearlessness, devotion to men of his battalion, and quiet unobtrusive manner, won the respect and admiration of the whole division. His marvellous energy and endurance would be remarkable even in a very much younger man, and his valour and devotion are exemplified in the following incidents: An infantry patrol had gone out to attack a previously located enemy post in the ruins of a village, the Reverend Theodore Bailey Hardy (C.F.) being then at company headquarters. Hearing firing, he followed the patrol, and about four hundred yards beyond our front line of posts found an officer of the patrol dangerously wounded. He remained with the officer until he was able to get assistance to bring him in. During this time there was a great deal of firing, and an enemy patrol actually penetrated between the spot at which the officer was lying and our front line and captured three of our men. On a second occasion when an enemy shell exploded in the middle of one of our posts, the Reverend T. B. Hardy at once made his way to the spot, despite the shell and trench mortar fire which was going on at the time, and set to work to extricate the buried men. He succeeded in getting out one man who had been completely buried. He then set to work to extricate a second man, who was found to be dead. During the whole of the time that he was digging out the men this chaplain was in great danger, not only from shell fire, but also because of the dangerous condition of the wall of the building which had been hit by the shell which buried the men. On a third occasion he displayed the greatest devotion to duty when our infantry, after a successful attack, were gradually forced back to their starting trench. After it was believed that all our men had withdrawn from the wood, Chaplain Hardy came out of it, and on reaching an advanced post asked the men to help him to get in a wounded man. Accompanied by a serjeant he made his way to the spot where the man lay, within ten yards of a pill-box which had been captured in the morning, but was subsequently re-captured and occupied by the enemy. The wounded man was too weak to stand, but between them the chaplain and the serjeant eventually succeeded in getting him to our lines. Throughout the day the enemy's artillery, machine-gun and trench mortar fire was continuous, and caused many casualties. Notwithstanding, this very gallant chaplain was seen moving quietly amongst the men and tending the wounded, absolutely regardless of his personal safety." (bio by: geoffrey gillon) 
 
Burial:
Saint Sever Cemetery Extension
Rouen
Departement de la Seine-Maritime
Haute-Normandie, France
Plot: S.V.J.1.
 
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Record added: Nov 30, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 10007486
Rev Theodore Bailey Hardy
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Rev Theodore Bailey Hardy
Added by: geoffrey gillon
 
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- Kat
 Added: Oct. 18, 2014

- James Snow
 Added: Oct. 18, 2014
Rest in Peace, beloved soldier. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: May. 9, 2013
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