Hooge Crater Cemetery

near Ypres, Belgium

Location:  East of Ypres, Belgium
Visited:   See note below "Cheltonians" buried in this Cemetery:   1
CWGC Information Sheet for this cemetery can be viewed here

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission

A row of 10 headstones, each one commemorating an officer or soldier who is believed to be buried in this cemetery.   Capt Hardy's stone is third from the left.

"Cheltonians" believed to be buried in this Cemetery

Captain Richard Luard HARDY, 8th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps, is commemorated on a Special Memorial in Hooge Crater Cemetery in Plot A.3.   He has no known grave but is believed to be buried in the cemetery.

He was killed in action on 24th August 1917 in the Inverness Copse area of the Ypres Salient whilst leading his men in a counter-attack against Germans who had broken through the battalion's defences.

He is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and on the St Luke's Church Roll of Honour.

His parents, Richard Gillies Hardy of the Indian Civil Service and Charlotte Annie Hardy, resided at "Esmond", 2 College Lawn, Cheltenham and later resided at "The Hurst", Church Crookham, Hants.   He was the grandson of Admiral Sir William Garnham Luard, KCB, Legion of Honour, JP.

The inscription at the base of the headstone reads" Till the day break, shadows flee away".


1.   With sincere thanks to Mr Mike Shingleton who very kindly provided the photos of Capt Hardy's special memorial headstone.


Page last updated: 7th January 2009

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