Biography

Birth date: 1898
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Death date: 5 August 1944
Death place: Australia
Final rank: Private
Service number: N103951 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 22nd Garrison Battalion

Born in Sydney, Ben Hardy (1898-1944) was a 43-year-old motor driver when he enlisted in late 1941. The George Cross, posthumously awarded for his bravery in confronting a prisoner-of-war breakout, was presented to his sister in 1952.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of Death: 5 August 1944
  • Unit: 22nd Garrison Battalion

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : George Cross

  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : George Cross

  • Unit: 22nd Garrison Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Private Record (2)

Hardy, Benjamin Gower GC, (Private, b: 1898, d: 1944) PR85/188

Hardy, Benjamin Gower GC, (Private, b: 1898, d: 1944) PR91/122

Film (1)

Private Record

Hardy, Benjamin Gower GC, (Private, b: 1898, d: 1944)

CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE GEORGE CROSS TO PTE HARDY AS A RESULT OF THE ACTION AT COWRA POW CAMP. ENVELOPE ADDRESSED TO PTE HARDY'S SISTER (1951)

PR85/188

Hardy, Benjamin Gower GC, (Private, b: 1898, d: 1944)

Letters, telegram and condolence cards sent at the time of Private Hardy's death during the Japanese Cowra Outbreak in August 1944. Correspondence connected with award of George Cross and subsequent commemorative activities Willoughby Memorial Trust Garden, Municipality of Cowra Memorial Cairn, 22...

PR91/122

Photograph

P01451.001

1942. PRIVATE BENJAMIN GOWER HARDY, WHO ENLISTED 1941 IN THE 2/7TH BATTALION AND TRANSFERRED TO THE 22ND GARRISON BATTALION. HE WAS KILLED REPELLING THE JAPANESE OUTBREAK AT THE 12TH AUSTRALIAN PRISONER OF WAR (POW) CAMP, COWRA, NSW, AND WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE GEORGE CROSS 1950-09-01. (DONOR...

P01451.001

P01451.002

Funeral procession along the main street of Privates C. H. Shepherd, Ralph Jones and Benjamin Gower Hardy, all of the 22nd Garrison Battalion. They were killed repelling the Japanese outbreak at the 12th Australian prisoner of war (POW) camp at Cowra, NSW, on 5 August 1944. Hardy and Jones were...

P01451.002

P01451.003

COWRA, NSW. 1944-08. CIVILIAN MOURNERS BESIDE THE COFFINS OF PRIVATES C. H. SHEPHERD, RALPH JONES AND BENJAMIN GOWER HARDY, ALL OF THE 22ND GARRISON BATTALION. THEY WERE KILLED REPELLING THE JAPANESE OUTBREAK AT THE 12TH AUSTRALIAN PRISONER OF WAR (POW) CAMP, COWRA, NSW, 1944-08-05. HARDY AND JONES...

P01451.003

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N103951 PRIVATE B. G. HARDY GC, 22ND GARRISON BATTALION, WHO WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE GEORGE CROSS FOR BRAVERY AND DEVOTION TO DUTY DURING A MASS OUTBREAK AT NO. 12 POW CAMP, COWRA, ON THE NIGHT OF C.1944-08-04. AS A MEMBER OF A MACHINE GUN CREW, HE CONTINUED TO WORK THE GUN UNTIL OVERWHELMED...

081385

Heraldry

George Cross : Private B G Hardy, 22 Garrison Battalion

George Cross. Engraved reverse with recipient's details.

REL/12884.001

Film

The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of (N103951) Private Benjamin Gower Hardy, 22nd Garrison Battalion, Second World War

The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind...

PAFU2014/289.01

Timeline

Date of birth 1898
Date of death 1944-08-05