Other names: Cyril Bernard
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersYpres, BelgiumChatham, KentTunbridge Wells, Kent
Story: Cyril Bernard Hardy (sometimes using the names in reverse) was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 20 May 1894 and baptised there on 15 Jul 1894 the son of Leonard Randolph Hardy and Evangeline Hardy (nee Knapton). His father was a baker and Cyril followed in that trade. He enlisted on 7 Feb 1916 and was mobilized on 5 Apr 1916 by joining the 7th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. TR/8/8191). He later transferred to the 35th Training Battalion on 1 Sep 1916. He served in France and Flanders with the Dorsetshire Regiment and, from 16 Dec 1916, the 1st Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment. (Service No. 49017). He received gunshot wounds in the leg, arm and left hand on 4 Oct 1917 whilst in the field near Ypres, Belgium. He was treated initially at the 41st Casualty Clearing Station until 16 Oct 1916 when he was repatriated back to England and admitted to the Fort Pitt Military Hospital, Chatham, Kent. He was later sent to Rust Hall Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, for rehabilitation at which time he was fitted with a surgical boot due to a pronounced limp. He was eventually discharged due to his disability on a permanent pension on 20 Mar 1918. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Beatrice E. Toogood in Shaftesbury during 1925. There are no known children of the marriage. By the 1939 Register he was living at 34 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, and working as a confectioner and cake salesman - he was also a Special Constable. He died locally in 1986 aged 92 years.