The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hardey
First Name:
Edward Charles
Nick Name:
Ted
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX12157
Company:
‘D’ Company, No. 16 Platoon
Enlisted:
2.05.1941
Discharged:
14.12.1945
DOB:
27.08.1902
Place of Birth:
Bunbury, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Edward James Hardey
Mothers's Name:
Alice Mary Hardey
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Kangaroo Hunter
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, River Valley Road Transit Camp
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Tavoy, Thanbyuzat, Thetkaw 14km, Meiloe 75km, Aungganung 105km
Camps Japan:
Fukuoka sub-Camp No.17, Omuta
POW#:
2923 and 1517
Japan:
Awa Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Nagasaki-Manila details unknown; Manila-Morotai-Darwin-Perth, B24 Liberator aircraft A72-379

General Description

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 Middle East and 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!)

 

Edward and Florrie Hardey
Edward and Florrie Hardey

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.

Please read about ‘A’ Force Burma Green Force No. 3 Battalion

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

Please read further about Omuta, Fukuoka Camp No. 17

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.

Read how small the population was at that time in WA

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.

Camp Locations:

  • 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
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