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HARDY, Charles Henry William DSO VD

Published on May 4, 2012 by in 6 Fd Amb, Known

Charles Henry William Hardy

Brigadier General Charles Henry William Hardy DSO VD

6th Field Ambulance

Awarded Distinguished Service Order – 1st January, 1917

Australian War Memorial

Portrait of Brigadier General C.H.W. Hardy DSO VD, AIF. (Donor Brigadier General C.H.W. Hardy)


ADFA Database

National Archives – Service Record

Picture Source – Trove

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  1. hi,did carles henry william hardy ever live in Kapunda sth australia.if so he could be my g/g/father.
    steve poole

    • Not sure Steve. Other than the details you see with this entry, no further research has been done. If you do learn anything further please let us know.

  2. mike davies

    i have a w3alking stick with the mane C.H.W Hardy D.S.O.VD.MB with a coat of arms on it that seems to be in french would this have belonged to mr Hardy ??

    • G’day Mike I would think that it originally belonged to him. I have not added the post nominal for MB to the entry as no other research has been done . MB are post nominal for a Medicine qualification which would fit with his service with the Field Ambulance. Any chance of a photo so we can add to the entry.

  3. mike davies


  4. mike davies

    Glen yes i can what email address

  5. Jim

    It appears that Charles Hardy was the son of Charles Henry and Henrietta Hardy of Melbourne and was born Jan 9th, 1861.

    He attended Wesley College and Melbourne Grammar School in Melbourne.

    He was a Doctor and Surgeon. He married Helen Kate Strachan in 1901.

    As far as I can ascertain, he never lived in South Australia. He lived in Ballarat, Victoria and he is buried in the Old Ballarat Cemetery.

    A digital copy of his full service record is available on line:

    His Service Record shows he spent about 6 months in France.

    I’ve taken a photo of his headstone which is located:


  6. Raelene Hardy

    Charles Hardy was my husbands Grandfather. He served at Gallipoli, Lone Pine and after Gallipoli went to Egypt where the Australians reformed. Charles went with the 5th Division to France and was the Assistant Director of Medical Services (ADMS). Here is a link to his recommendation for the DSO. http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/records/awm28/2/awm28-2-82-0076.pdf
    We have some pieces of memorabilia of his, including his boots and some medical paraphernalia.
    He and his wife Kate (Helen Kate Strachan – Smith) had 2 sons, Kenneth William and John Adrian (my husbands father), both of whom served in the second world war.

    • Carol

      Hello Raelene i am researching the establishment of Red Cross in Ballarat in 1914 for which Dr C Hardy was instrumental. Would you be able assist with any info and are there any relatives in Ballarat area?

      • Raelene Hardy

        Hi Carol, good to have a response here. There are no relatives remaining in the Ballarat area although I am originally from Ballarat. Doctor Hardy’s son was a WW2 veteran and settled at Apsley in Western Victoria. There is quite a bit of information here about Doctor Hardy’s war service including letters and his boots! In one of the letters he actually mentions that his walking stick was lost. You can email my husband at toolka@gmail.com and we can arrange contact to provide what information we can. cheers Raelene

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