Sergeant Thomas Hardie

Sergeant Thomas Hardie, 1st/6th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. He was killed in action in France , aged 27, on 31st August 1918 during the “Advance to Victory” and is buried in Brown’s Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Arras, France. He had been born in Nenthorn and was the son of John and Elizabeth Hardie of the Girrick and Blinkbonny, Nenthorn and 20 Cambusknethan Street, Edinburgh who had had lived in Nenthorn and 7 of their 8 children were born there.  His brother James also fell ( see above ).. Before enlisting in 1914 he had been employed as a gamekeeper by the Duke of Roxburghe.  He had already been wounded during the Battle of Loos and was one of the Battalion’s Lewis gunners. The photographs show Allied troops advancing against the retreating German army during the final 100 days of the War. The Battalion was part of the 152nd Highland ) Brigade in the 51st ( Highland ) Division and after the War an impressive Memorial was raised in its commemoration. It was erected overlooking “Y” Ravine in Newfoundland Park on the Somme which was taken when the Division stormed the strong German positions in Beaumont Hamel on the 13th November 1916. A Plaque on the Memorial reads in both English and Gaelic ” Friends Are Good On The Day Of Battle”.

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