Other names: William
Locations in this story: Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, DorsetEast Orchard, Shaftesbury, DorsetCompton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: William Hardiman was born in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 25 Oct 1882 the son of William Hardiman (who had died on 18 Oct 1882) and Christian Emily Hardiman (nee Lemon). He lived his early life with his mother and grandparents at East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He married Emily Tuffin in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 17 Mar 1906 and they went on to have ten children. William had enlisted with the 1st/5th battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 203630). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge on 25 Mar 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living near Tucker Farm, East Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, described as a Farm Thatcher. He died at Compton Abbas on 3 Mar 1963.