Regiment: 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Biography: Son of Alexander McHardy, stationmaster, Ellon ; born Inveramsay, 28 December 1886 ; educated Aberlour Public School and Gordon's College ; entered Aberdeen University as 13th Bursar, 1905 ; graduated with Honours in Classics 1909, and thereafter joined the Staff of his old school, Robert Gordon's College. He had been four years in the University Company of the 4th Gordons, and on 27 April 1915 joined his old Regiment as 2nd Lieutenant. From November 1915 till June 1917 his special abilities as a teacher were utilized at the School of Musketry, Ripon. Afterwards he served as Adjutant of the Reserve Battalion, 4th Gordons, till May 1918, when he was posted to France. He had been there only thirteen weeks when he fell at the head of his Company at Chaudon, 24 July 1918. McHardy was a strong personality at the University, and an excellent soldier at the Front, popular with both officers and men, holding to a high standard of efficiency, with this compelling impulse that since he was a soldier he would be the real thing.
Date of Death: 24 July 1918
Burial Details: Buried at Buzancy Military Cemetery, Plot 3, Row D, Grave 6.
Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.
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