HARDY Theodore Bayley V.C., D.S.O., M.C.

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In memory of Theodore Bayley HARDY V.C., D.S.O., M.C,
Vicar of Hutton Roof 1913-1918
Appointed C.F. August 1916 attached to 8th Linconshire Regiment and 8th Somerset Light Infantry. Awarded D.S.O., July 1917, M.C., October 1917, Victoria Cross, April 1918. Chaplin to the King September 1918. Was wounded October 1918, died at Rouen October 18th 1918.

This tablet is erected as part of a diocesan tribute to his heroic courage, sympathetic service and spiritual labours

He was born on the 20th October 1863

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Appointed Chaplain to His Majesty, 17th Sept., 1918. Son of George and Sarah Richards Hardy, of Exeter; husband of the late Florence Elizabeth Hardy (nee Hastings), of Hutton Roof Vicarage, Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland. B.A.
An extract from the London Gazette, No. 30790, dated 9th July, 1918, records the following:-"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 sergeant 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 sergeant 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."

He is commemorated on a tablet in Carlisle Cathedral and is at rest in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen France

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