‘A’ Company, 13th & 12th Battalions, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Monday 15 April 1918 (aged 32)
No known grave
Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 138 to 140 & 162 to 162A & 163A)
Bangor and District War Memorial
Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque
Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum
North of Ireland Cricket Club Memorial Plaque (includes those members of the Club who played Rugby Football)
Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity)
Helen’s Bay Parish Church of Ireland Church (St John Baptist)
Family grave headstone in Belfast City Cemetery
Harold Hardy was born on 24 May 1885 at Thornleigh, Clandeboye and he was a son of Thomas Lee Hardy and Elizabeth Hardy (nee Campbell) who were married on 13 April 1882 in St Thomas’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast. Thomas Lee Hardy of 28 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast was a son of Thomas Hardy, a woollen draper. Elizabeth Campbell (born in Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone) of Orrington, Lisburn Road, Belfast was a daughter of David Campbell, a merchant.
The Hardy family lived in the townland of Ballygrot, Bangor and at Carramore, Helen’s Bay.
Thomas Lee Hardy was a linen manufacturer and he and Elizabeth had five children:
Harold (born 24 May 1885 at Thornleigh, Clandeboye)
Kenneth Lee (born 29 June 1887 at Thornleigh, Helen’s Bay)
Brian Courtney (born 20 August 1890 at Carramore, Helen’s Bay)
Dorothy (born 17 June 1893 in Helen’s Bay)
Thomas Terence (born 31 October 1897 at Carramore, Helen’s Bay)
The first three of these children were baptised in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s) and the last two were baptised in Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity).
Harold Hardy worked as a warehouse clerk before the outbreak of the Great War and he played rugby football. He enlisted and served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division. In November 1917 the 11th and 13th Battalions were amalgamated and then disbanded in February 1918 with troops moving to other Battalions. Harold Hardy rose to the rank of Captain and he was 32 when he was killed in action with the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles at Kemmel Hill on 15 April 1918.
Captain Harold Hardy has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium; on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 47); on the North of Ireland Cricket Club Memorial Plaque and on the War Memorials in Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity) and Helen’s Bay Parish Church of Ireland Church (St John Baptist).
[The North of Ireland Football Club (members played Rugby Football as opposed to Soccer) was founded by members of the North of Ireland Cricket Club and the North of Ireland Cricket Club Memorial Plaque commemorates members of both Clubs. Members of the Football Club were also members of the Cricket Club but not all members of the Cricket Club were members of the Football Club.]
Captain Harold Hardy is also commemorated on the family grave headstone in Belfast City Cemetery. His father, Thomas Lee Hardy, died on 21 April 1926 (aged 82) and his mother, Elizabeth Hardy, died on 8 June 1935 (aged 77). Both were buried in grave K1 443, Belfast City Cemetery.