St. James' War Memorial

Decimus Charles Hardiman

Surname: Hardiman
Other names: Decimus Charles
Other people in this story:
Charles Hardiman
Martha Ann Hardiman nee Brockway
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Guard's Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, France
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury

Story:
Decimus Charles Hardiman was born in 1896 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of Charles Hardiman and Martha Ann Hardiman (nee Brockway). (NB There is no mention of his father in any Census record and no record of him elsewhere.) 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 ages 73 years.

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 3
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Names on St. James' War Memorial 2
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives