Private John Hardie

Private John Hardie, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He died of wounds in France on 21st June 1915, aged 20. He was the son of Mr Hardie of Kempling Moss, Lowick, Berwick upon Tweed and is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension Nord, France. 7th N.F. were part of the 50th Northumbrian Division and at this time were in defensive positions near Hooge where they suffered heavy casualties from enemy shelling. It seems likely  that Private Hardie received his wounds here. Before enlisting in Alnwick he had been employed on the farm at East Moneylaws. The photograph shows the impressive Memorial raised to the fallen of the Division during the War. It was erected near the village of Wieltje in the Ypres Salient where the Division had fought its first Battle at St. Julien on 26th April 1915 only days after landing on the Continent.

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