Hardcastle, John Balfour

He was the son of John Norman Hardcastle (H, 1869-1873), of Broughton Hall, near Lechlade and Mary Rose Hardcastle, daughter of George Balfour of the Bengal Civil Service. He entered his father’s old House from Rottingdean School, and after leaving Winchester spent two years at Wye Agricultural College.

He was gazetted in June 1914 to the Special Reserve, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, and joined his regiment on mobilisation. At the beginning of 1915 he undertook an abridged course of instruction at the R.M.C. Sandhurst and was gazetted with a regular commission to the 2nd Battalion of his regiment, proceeding to France in August of that year. During the Battle of the Somme, his battalion was involved in operations around Delville Wood and Guillemont. Early in the morning of July 30th, 2nd Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry and 24th Royal Fusiliers, supported by 5 Brigade’s Machine Gun Company, attacked from Waterlot Farm towards Guillemont Station, but the attack was unsuccessful and the units were forced to withdraw. Hardcastle fell in this action, aged twenty-three, and is commemorated on pier and face 10A and 10D of the Thiepval Memorial.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Hardcastle
  • Forenames or initials: John Balfour
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1906-1910
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry
  • Date of Birth: 25th April 1893
  • Date of Death: 30th July 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL: Pier and Face 10A and 10D