Other names: Decimus Charles
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyFrance & FlandersGuard's Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, FranceSt. James' Church, ShaftesburySt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburyHoly Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Story: Decimus Charles Hardiman was born in 1896 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of Charles Hardiman and Martha Ann Hardiman (née Brockway). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as an under gardener and living in St James, Shaftesbury. He enlisted in Dorchester as a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Coldstream Guards (Service No. 17289). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 26th September 1916 and was buried at Guard's Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, France (grave id. VI.V.10). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ war memorials. His name also appears on the Roll of Honour inside St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His mother lived at 37 St. James, Shaftesbury and died in 1937 aged 73 years. His brother, Ernest George Hardiman, also served in the conflict but survived.