Killed in action on this day
15241 Pte. Smith Hardaker, 10th Bn. Duke of Wellington's (W.Riding Regt)
Born at Haworth, Yorkshire in 1886, Smith was living in Skipton by the time war was declared.
A weaver, Mr. Hardacker enlisted into the army in January 1915. Hardacker was sent to France in August of the same year.
Trained as a bomber, he saw much action during subsidiary actions for the Battle of Loos before settling in to routine trench warfare in the Armentieres to Carency area of the Western Front into the following year.
On the afternoon of the 13th June 1916 the dugout occupied by the battalion bombers was hit by German artillery fire killing two men and wounding another four. One of the dead was Smith.
Pte. Smith Hardaker is buried in Bois-de-Noulette British Cemetery at Aix-Noulette, Pas de Calais.
KIA 13 June 1916
Researched by David O'Mara
At the Fourth President's Conference on Saturday, 27th June 2015 when amongst speakers Dr Nick Lloyd will be giving a talk on the Battle of Loos.
- “The Battle of Loos: Planning, Execution and impact on the BEF’s Learning Process”
Dr Nick Lloyd