Sergeant Hardy being presented with his Military Medal by Field Marshal Montgomery

Sergeant William Hardy


Unit : Reconnaissance Platoon, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Ulster Rifles

Service No. : 7012420

Awards : Military Medal


For gallantry, outstanding courage and complete disregard for personal safety.


On 9th June at Longueval Sergeant Hardy went out with a small party to destroy some enemy who had infiltrated near his position. The Platoon Commander became seriously wounded and the remainder came under very close range fire from two Machine Guns and a number of rifles. Sergeant Hardy immediately took over command and remained cool and collected. Under heavy fire he had complete control of the situation and returned the fire immediately until another officer crawled up and took over command. With complete disregard to his own safety Sergeant Hardy, still under heavy fire, crawled to where the wounded officer was lying and helped to carry him back over 100 yards of ground swept by enemy Machine Guns and mortar fire. Thus with bravery and coolness he held the enemy and with conspicuous courage and gallantry assisted in saving the life of an officer.


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