2nd Lieutenant
Joseph Waris Hardy


About Joseph Waris

  • Name
    Joseph Waris
  • Initials
    J W
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    11 May 1879
  • Birth town
    Ticehurst, Kent
  • Resided town
    Swanage, Dorset
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
    Swanage, Dorset
  • Date of death
    11 February 1950
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
    2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment
    Royal Garrison Artillery


Joseph Waris Hardy was born on 11 May 1879.  His father Joseph Hardy was the Master of Frant National School for about three years, during which time his wife Catherine gave birth to two sons – Edgar Hardy (1877) and Joseph Waris Hardy (1879). Shortly after the birth of his second son in 1879, Joseph Hardy was appointed as the Master of the recently built Board School in Ringmer.

In 1907, Joseph married Edith Baker, who was born in Fawley, Berkshire, but for some reason they married in Thingoe District in Suffolk.  They settled in Queens Road before moving to Kings Road West, Swanage  prior to the 1911 Census.

2nd Lieutenant Joseph Waris Hardy passed through Peterborough East Station on 17 May 1917, and wrote in the visitors’ book that he was a ‘”Tommy” who had lost his railway connection for home’.  Travelling from Prees Heath Camp, Whitchurch (near Shrewsbury) where he was undergoing Officer Training. Some years earlier in 1897, he had enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery Dorset Territorial Regiment as a Gunner.  Between 1900 and 1902, he served in South Africa and was promoted to Sergeant in 1907.  At some time afterwards it is thought he was discharged to the reserve and was mobilised on 26 July 1914.  Joseph was selected for, and undertook Potential Officer Training in 1917.  He served until January 1919, which included a year in India.  Joseph was awarded the British War and Allied Victory medals.

After the war he and Edith stayed in Swanage and in the 1939 Register, they were living in Walrond Road.  Their house was named Saint Keynes as were their two previous houses, presumably after the Roman Catholic Saint.  By this time he had become a branch manager in the motor services business.

Edith died in 1946 and Joseph died on 11 February 1950; they are buried together in Godlingston Cemetery, Swanage.  On his death, probate was awarded to Ethel Hardy, his sister-in-law, who had married his elder brother Edgar, and her son Waris John Hardy.

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