Family remember Ellon soldier

Private John Hardie
Private John Hardie

The family of an Ellon man have remembered him in locations across the world on the 100th anniversary of his death in WW1.

Private John Hardie was the son of Alexander and Mary Hardie who owned the farm at ‘Shallowplough’ in Ellon, which is now a Bed & Breakfast.

He was killed at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917 and is commemorated on both the Ellon War Memorial and the War Memorial in Hartney, Minatoba, Canada where John had enlisted to join the Army.

John emigrated to Canada with his brothers (George Cardno Hardie and Alexander Hardie) sometime before the outbreak of WW1.

He enlisted in the Canadian Army in December 1915 and joined the 8th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry.

He fought in the Battle of the Somme in September 1916 and at Vimy Ridge in 1917.

On November 10, 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele, his unit was in the front line trenches pushing forward to take their objective when they suffered a heavy enemy artillery bombardment and Private Hardie suffered a shrapnel wound to his head, neck and leg.

He was transferred to No. 47 Casualty Clearing Station where he died from his wounds and he was buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, near Ypres in Belgium.

Last month John’s great-great nephew Dale Hardie and his son Logan (8) visited his grave at Dozinghem Military Cemetery in Belgium to lay a wreath to remember the 100th anniversary of his death.

Dale said: “What was really touching was my son said to me at his graveside, ‘Dad, when I grow up and have children I will tell them about John Hardie.’”

Logan is going to speak to his class at Crookston Castle Primary in Glasgow about WW1 and his visit to his great-great-great uncle’s grave on November 10.

Dale wanted to lay a Poppy Cross on the Ellon War Memorial on November 10 but, because he lives in Glasgow and has no contacts in the area, he contacted Kay Badland, owner of Shallowplough Bed & Breakfast, who agreed to lay one on his behalf.

Dale would welcome further information regarding his family history and the Hardies of Shallowplough.

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