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A post-War ‘Civil Division’ M.B.E. group of four awarded to Sergeant S. P. Hardy, South Wales Borderers


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A post-War ‘Civil Division’ M.B.E. group of four awarded to Sergeant S. P. Hardy, South Wales Borderers

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Civil) Member’s 2nd type breast badge, silver; India General Service 1936-39,  clasp, North West Frontier 1936-37, Sgt. S. P. Hardy, S.W.B.; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; together with a R.A.O.B. ‘Far East Lodge’ Masonic Jewel, the reverse engraved ‘Bro. S. P. Hardy 9th. Oct. 1934’; and an A.C.C. Medal for Distinguished Service, with 5 Year clasp, the reverse engraved ‘S. P. Hardy 1966’,

Samuel Peter Hardy was born on the 28th May 1910 and enlisted on the 7th September 1931 into the South Wales Borderers.(Pte)

9th February 1933 – proceeded to Hong Kong (Q.M Clerk & School instructor)

29th November 1934 –  proceeded to India(L/Cpl)

16th February 1935 –  Staff, transferred to Indian Army, Waziristan District. (Sgt)

With Good accounts of the South Wales Borderers in India during 1937, published in the Times newspaper.

26th August 1938 – transferred to Army Headquarters. (Sgt, S.Sgt, S/Cdr)

May 1942 – Staff, helped form and open G.H.Q. Jansi (Conductor)

2nd Lieutenant 12th December 1943 (London Gazette 19th May 1944)

June – Dec 1943 – attended officer training Bangalore (Lieut)

Dec 1943 – March 1944 – proceeded to R.I.A.S.C. school Kakul on course.

March 1944 – 2 I/C supply depot Kamptee

April 1944 – 1 I/C supply depot Pulgaon

June 1944 to Sept 1945 – 1 I/C supply depot Biluspur (Captain)

Sept to Dec 1945 – Proceeded to UK on “Stiff” leave

Dec 1945 to Jan 1946 – 2 I/C supply depot Jubbulpore, also station transport officer.

Jan to Aug 1946 – Staff Captain (POL) H.Q General Command India, Agra

Aug to Nov 1946 – Staff (DAD) (POL) helped on disbandment of HQ Central command, India. (Major)

Nov 1946 to May 1947 – Proceeded to Malaya, commanded 207 Motor Ambulance Convoy , which he brought back to India for disbandment in Feb 1947.

May to July 1947 – Staff DAD 1/2T (Admin) MTC&R Lucknow

July to Sept 1947 – Commanded Motor Ambulance Platoon, Kamptee (Capt)

Sept to Nov 1947 Raised 996 Civil General Transport Co (Major)

Nov to March 1948 – Staff, Adj Homward bound trooping depot Deolali.

17th March 1948 – Sailed from Bombay on last official British trooper to leave India, carrying the last British troops. (Major)

9th April 1948 – arrived in Tilbury, proceeded on leave pending retirement.

16th September 1948 – Placed on retired pay (Major)

O.B.E – (London Gazette 1st January 1976) as Higher Executive Officer, Ministry of Defence.

He died in January 1987 in Worthing, West Sussex

With a good file of research, some original documents, including typed details of his career. and photographs of his investiture .

Condition – NEF, except enamel chip to RAOB