A Canadian Boer War and First War M.C. Officer's Group
A Canadian Boer War and First War M.C. Officer's Group - Military Cross. GRV; Queen's South Africa Medal, CAPE COLONY, TRANSVAAL, SOUTH AFRICA 1902 (485 Pte C.D. HARDWICK. CANADIAN M.R.); British War Medal (CAPT. C.D. HARDWICK.); and Victory Medal with MID oak leaf (CAPT. C.D. HARDWICK.). Naming is officially impressed and although an attempt has been made to erased them, they remain clearly legible. Un-mounted, dark patina, original ribbon and pinback on the MC, extremely fine. Accompanied by a Royal Field Artillery Shoulder Title (bronze, 17.8 mm x 40.2 mm, intact lugs) and a Duotang Folder housing copies of his Boer War Attestation Paper, Roll Entitling him to the QSA with 3 Clasps, two letters of correspondence to and one from the Militia Headquarters in Ottawa, Canada War Veteran's Allowance Board Record (dated April 3, 1939), British Army Royal Field Artillery Index Card (confirming his MID in the London Gazette, page 12480, on November 28, 1917), Alberta Homestead Records 1870-1930 and six Supplements to the London Gazette (Supplement to the London Gazette, page 2844 (naming 2nd Lieutenant C.D. as an Acting Captain with the Territorial Force, dated March 20, 1917), Supplement to the London Gazette, page 12840 (naming Lieutenant (Acting Captain) C.D. Hardwick as Mentioned in Despatches, dated November 28, 1917), Supplement to the London Gazette, page 30 (stating that Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Cyril Dupa Hardwick, Royal Field Artillery was awarded the Military Cross, dated January 1, 1918, his middle name spelled incorrectly), Supplement to the London Gazette, page 13582 (relinquishing the rank of Acting Captain effective June 13, 1918, dated November 19, 1918), Supplement to the London Gazette, page 2706 (summary naming Lieutenant C.D. Hardwick, Territorial force, relinquishing the acting rank of Captain, 7th Sept. 1917, and to be Acting Captain, from 24th Oct. 1917 to 13th June 1918 (substituted for the notification in the Gazette of 19th Nov. 19189, dated February 24, 1919)), Supplement to the London Gazette, page 6617 (stating that Lieutenant C.D. Hardwick, M.C., 7th London Brigade, relinquishes his commission on account of ill-health, 29th May 1919, and is granted the rank of Captain).Footnote: Cyril Duppa Hardwick was born in 1881 in Littlehampton, West Sussex, United Kingdom. He moved to Canada as a young adult in the latter part of the nineteenth century, becoming a Rancher near Lethbridge, Alberta. He enlisted for overseas service in the Boer War, signing his Attestation Paper as a Private, on December 11, 1901 in Lethbridge, at the age of 21 years and 9 months, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Helena Justice Hardwick of Victoria Terrace, Littlehampton, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Rancher. Due to his ranching and horseback experience, Hardwick was attached to the 2nd Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles, disembarking at Durban, South Africa on February 18 or 25, 1902. After the war, he was discharged upon disbandment of the Regiment and returned to Alberta, which at the time was still a District in the North-West Territories. He wrote a letter, dated March 17, 1905 to Militia Headquarters in Ottawa, requesting a Queen's South Africa Medal: "Can you do anything or give me any information as to how to proceed to obtain my South African war medal? I enclose my discharge certificate". He received a quick response, dated March 24, 1905: "Sir, I have the honour to forward herewith the Queen's South Africa Medal and 3 Clasps, to which you are entitled on account of your service with the 2nd Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles. Your discharge certificate is returned herewith. Kindly acknowledge receipt, I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient servant, B.H. Vidal, Colonel, for Adjutant General." As requested by the Colonel, Hardwick responded on April 2, 1905: "I beg to acknowledge the receipt of Queen's South Africa Medal and three clasps, also of returned discharge certificate." Upon the outbreak of hostilities in the Great War, Hardwick enlisted as a Lieutenant with the Royal Field Artillery in the United Kingdom. He was named Acting Captain of a Territorial Force on March 20, 1917, was Mentioned in Depatches on November 28, 1917, was awarded the Military Cross on January 1, 1918 and relinquished the rank of Acting Captain on June 13, 1918. After the war, Lieutenant Hardwick, M.C., now with the 7th London Brigade, relinquished his commission on account of ill-health, on May 29, 1919 and was granted the rank of Captain. He returned to Canada, where he resumed ranching at Glengarry Ranch, Lyndon, Alberta.