005 - Hardy VC
This is a bust of Theodore Hardy VC, DSC, MC who is widely regarded as the most decorated non-combatant of WW1.
Aged 51 when war broke out his application to join the army was turned down as being too old. Regulations were relaxed and in1916 the army accepted him as a Temporary Chaplain to the Forces, 4th Class and attached to 8th Battalion, The Lincolnshire Regiment.
The first award was the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) gazetted on 18 October 1917, following an action on 17 December 1917 his was awarded the Military Cross and finally the regiment was in action in the Somme area where another series of actions resulted in the awarding of the VC.
While trying to tend to the wounded he was himself wounded and died a week later in Rouen, France, on 18 October 1918, two days before his 55th birthday.
He was buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France, in block S, plot V, row J, grave 1.
His medals are displayed at The Museum of Army Chaplaincy in Amport, Hampshire.
A fuller biography is available under the biographies tab or here.