Wednesday 7 April 2010

Private Charles Mawer Hardie

Born on 11 August 1896 in Hansworth (Birmingham), England - son of Gordon H. and Ethel M. Hardie, Esquimalt, British Columbia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as McGill student, single, no current military service, previously served with the Victoria High School cadets (three years), Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 8 inches, chest of 39 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, grey eyes, medium hair.

Attended public and high schools in Victoria, British Columbia - attended McGill University College, British Columbia, from 1913 to 1915, graduating with a degree in Science.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 11 March 1915 (number 411049) - transferred to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 11 March 1915 - wounded at the Ypres Salient, Belgium, on 14 or 16 May 1916 - returned to duty after a short convalescence in England - died of wounds on 13 October 1916 - "He suffered shrapnel wounds in the head, at the Somme, on October 9, 1916, and died of these wounds at the dressing station back of the line four days later." - buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery (grave V.C.40), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force: Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register (; Anonymous, Record of Service 1914-1918: University of British Columbia, McGill British Columbia, Vancouver College (Vancouver: Lionel Ward & Company, Ltd., 1924), p.59)

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