Hardinge, The Hon. Henry Ralph

Elder son of Colonel Henry Charles Hardinge, 3rd Viscount Hardinge, C.B., formerly Commanding Officer of the Rifle Depot at Winchester. His mother was Mary Hardinge, daughter of the Hon. Ralph Nevill. He came to Culverlea (Sergeant’s) from Horris Hill.

He joined the 6th Battalion Rifle Brigade in January 1914 but saw action with the 2nd Battalion, commanded by OW Lieutenant Colonel R B Stephens (C 1882-1886) at Neuve Chapelle in March 1915.   He was killed in action at Fromelles in April 1915, while serving with the Rifle Brigade during the Battle of Aubers Ridge, an action which saw the Battalion sustain appalling casualties, with over 600 men lost including 21 officers. He had once been mentioned in Despatches. Hardinge’s body was never found and he is commemorated on Panel 10 of the Ploegsteert Memorial. His name is also included on the roadside memorial (near VC Corner, Fromelles) to Captain Paul Adrian Kennedy of 2nd Rifle Brigade who fell in the same action.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Hardinge
  • Forenames or initials: The Hon. Henry Ralph
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1909-1912
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 13th October 1895
  • Date of Death: 9th May 1915
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL: Panel 10