A First War Memorial Cross to the Pay Office in London
A First War Memorial Cross to the Pay Office in London - (A-Cpl. A. HARDIE). Naming is officially engraved. Light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records and Discharge Certificates, along with assorted research papers. Footnote: Alfred Hardie was born on January 17, 1878 in London, England, the son of Mary Jane Hardie of Cliftonville, Margate, England. He signed his Canadian Expeditionary Force Attestation Paper with the 32nd Reserve Battalion on March 27, 1916 in Shorncliffe, Kent, England, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Elizabeth Augusta Hardie of North Finchley, London, England (later of South Tottenham, London and of Rickmansworth, Herts), stating that he had no previous military service, that he was married and that his trade was that of Clerk. Hardie was attached to the Pay Office in London shortly thereafter but soon felt ill. An Examination by a Standing Medical Board at London determined that he was suffering from "V.D.H." (Valvular Disease of the Heart) and that he was fit for permanent Base Duty only. He was then taken on strength at Folkestone in that capacity. He was later transferred to the Saskatchewan Regimental Depot, then to the Canadian Army Pay Corps at Bramshott on October 12, 1917. Hardie was named Acting Corporal on March 1, 1918. He was re-assessed for his Valvular Disease of the Heart on August 1, 1919 by a Medical Board, where his "partial loss of function of heart" was noted and that he was declared "not fit for manual labour", as he "complains of shortness of breath on exercise". It was determined by the Board that his disability was permanent, as he had "Aortic Disease". He was struck off strength to Canada on October 25th and sailed home aboard the S.S. Carmania. He reported to duty at the Canadian Army Pay Corps' Overseas Military Forces of Canada Records Office on November 3, 1919 but his stint there was short lived. Hardie was officially "discharged upon demobilization" at Ottawa, as he had died from "Natural Causes" (Heart Disease) on December 15, 1919, at the age of 41. He is buried in Ottawa (Beechwood) Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario, Grave Reference: A.R. 37. 43. His wife, Elizabeth Augusta Hardie, received his Plaque and Scroll, his Memorial Cross, along with his British War Medal. He was not eligible for the 1914-15 Star and Victory Medal. His mother, Mary Jane Hardie also received his Memorial Cross.