The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Edward Charles
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘D’ Company, No. 16 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Bunbury, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Edward James Hardey
- Mothers's Name:
- Alice Mary Hardey
- Roman Catholic
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kangaroo Hunter
- Selarang Camp Changi, River Valley Road Transit Camp
- ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Camps Burma:
- Victoria Point, Tavoy, Thanbyuzat, Thetkaw 14km, Meiloe 75km, Aungganung 105km
- Camps Japan:
- Fukuoka sub-Camp No.17, Omuta
- 2923 and 1517
- Awa Maru Party
- Return Details 1945:
- Nagasaki-Manila details unknown; Manila-Morotai-Darwin-Perth, B24 Liberator aircraft A72-379
Edward Hardey, aged 18 years enlisted WWI on 27th August 1917 at Blackboy Hill and departed Australia on HMT ‘Ormonde’ with 22nd Reinforcements, 28th Battalion. Service No. 7310. He joined 51st Btn on 4th June 1918 with whom he remained until his discharge on 19th September 1919. He served in France. He was wounded in the left buttock during his service in WW1.
Whilst in Singapore he was again wounded, this time in the right buttock.
(His mate ‘Bluey’ Cooper reckoned the last bullet in his buttock evened him up!)
Hardey’s father had also enlisted with WW1, having earlier served with WA contingency at the Boer War. Hardey Snr was discharged with ill health and was returning to WA about the same time his son was training and leaving WA heading to England.
Above: Edward James Hardey
Below: Ted’s brother Stan dies in 1920.
Ted’s Grandfather died in 1933.
Below: Ted’s mother died in 1943.
It is believed Edward Hardey and Florence Thatcher married in 1937.
After enlisting 2nd Australian Imperial Force at Claremont 2nd May 1941 and prior to joining 2/4th MG Btn, he served with:
1st Australian Training Btn
13th Australian Training Btn
2nd Australian Training Btn
Soldier was wounded 10.2.1942 admitted to 2/10 Field AMB transferred to 13 AGH with bullet wounds to right buttock and lower leg then transferred to 10 AGH 6.3.1942. Discharged to Unit 27.3.1942.
With A Force Burma he was at Victoria Point May-Aug 1942,
Tavoy 17/8/1942 to 22/11/1942.
Thanby, 4.8K 28/4/1942 to 15/2/1943.
14K 17/2/1943 to 15/5/1943,
75K 17/5/1943 to 15/8/1943,
105K 1/5/1943 to 31/12/1943.
When the Railway was completed, other than the very seriously ill and maintenance parties all POWs working on the Burma end of railway were sent south to Thailand. Nearly all arrived at Tamarkan in varying degrees of light sick, heavy sick!
Tamakan – selected for Japan 6/4/1944 and travelled to Phnom Penh-Saigon-Singapore to River Valley Road Camp before departing for Japan ‘Awa Maru’ 16th December 1944. In Japan he was sent to Fukuoka Camp No. 17.
Read about ‘Awa Maru’ Party
He was recovered from Japan 13th September 1945.
In 1968 Florrie and Edward Hardey were residing in South Perth he was a truck driver.
Ted Hardey died 8th March 1977.
Ted Hardey’s name was mentioned on a ‘Japanese post card’ his mate Jack Edward Smith WX12552 was fortunate enough to have arrive at his mother’s home in Perth. (POWs would mention mates names in their cards not knowing whether any word would arrive at the intended destination!). Jim Scott WX12949 was the another name Smith mentioned – they were all mates in ‘C’ Company prior to arriving in Singapore.
Before the war Hardey, who lived in Canarvon with his family, was Kangaroo shooting with his mate Aussie Climie, who joined 1940. Although not in the same Company, they were together at Selarang and left Singapore with the first work party – ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion – working on Burma end of the Railway.
- River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
- Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
- Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
- Tavoy (Dawei) - river port - Burma
- Thanbyuzayat, 415k - Burma
- Saigon - French Indo China
- Omuta Miike, Fukuoka #17-B - Japan
- Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
- Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma