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Brigadier John Herbert Hardy CBE MC

Lieutenant 3rd Battalion, 28 November 1913. Attached to the 1st Battalion on Mobilisation. Regular commission 2nd Lieutenant 1 September 1914. Lieutenant 18 February 1915. Temporary Captain 3 December 1915 to 13 March 1916 and 17 June 1916 to 30 June 1916. Captain 13 July 1917. With Egyptian Army 23 June 1917. Staff Captain Defence Force 23 June 1921 to 7 July 1921. Adjutant 4th Battalion 22 March 1924 to 1928. Major 7 September 1933.
Commanding Regimental Depot, 1936 to February 1939. 1st Battalion March 1939 to July 1939. Commanded 2nd Battalion August 1939 to April 1941. Promoted Colonel, and Second in Command of the island of Cyprus, April 1941. Commanded Libyan Arab Force July 1941 to August 1942, when he took over command of the Nile Valley Area. Commanded Iraqi Levies in ‘Paiforce’ and promoted Brigadier, October 1942. Commanded Mersey Defences and Mersey Sub-District February 1944 to November 1946. Retired February 1947. Appointed Colonel of the Regiment, August 1947.

Photographs from the collection of Brigadier John Herbert Hardy

Archive items from the collection of Brigadier John Herbert Hardy

Brigadier John H Hardy, CBE MC, Colonel of the Regiment.
Accession Number: KO0705/118

John Hardy at Fold House, 1902, at Malvern, 1910 and New Zealand, 1912.
Accession Number: KO1019/16-113, KO1019/16-112 and KO1019/16-121

2nd Lieutenants E Burke and John Hardy, Dover, 1913.
Accession Number: KO1019/16-152

Lieutenant John Hardy at Le Bizet, 1915.
Accession Number: KO1019/16-018

Lieutenant John Hardy at Forceville, 1915
Accession Number: KO1019/16-020

Lieutenant John Hardy, 1915.
Accession Number: KO0590/11 and KO2242/01

Captain John Hardy at Shorncliffe, 1923.
Accession Number: KO1352/03

Major Hardy and Horse, Fort St. George, Madras, 1939.
Accession Number: KO2111/10

Major John Herbert Hardy MC, 1937.
Accession Number: KO0554/01

Brigadier John Herbert Hardy, whilst in command of the Iraqi Levies, 1943.
Accession Number: KO1019/16-061

Brigadier Hardy, regimental parade in honour of the Colonel of the Regiment, Regimental Depot, Bowerham Barracks, Lancaster, 20th September 1957
Accession Number: KO2490/196

The Follies - 4th Division - "Will stop anyone hating anything" dated 12 July 1915 and post marked 13 July 1915, addressed to Mrs Hardy, from Lieutenant J H Hardy of the 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.
Accession Number: KO1019/89

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