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Lieutenant Hudson Beaufort Hardman

3rd Battalion, attached 7th
Cameron Highlanders

killed in action 17th August 1916

aged 21

Thiepval Memorial
St Machar's Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir

Broomward, Bridge of Weir
Son of Meredith Hardman and Ella Webber
China Inland Mission

His Life

Perhaps unsurprisingly given that his parents were missionaries in China, finding evidence of Hudson Beaufort Hardman's life before the war has been challenging. Hudson's father, Meredith Hardman was a son of Townley Blackwood Hardman, JP and Anne Mayne of Dublin. Meredith was the business manager of the China Inland Mission in Shanghai from 1889. He married Ella Webber in Chungking, China on 2nd March 1892. Ella had been with the Mission in China since 1887. It appears that after their marriage the couple returned to England for the birth of two children.

Hudson Beaufort Hardman was born in Chorlton in Lancashire in 1894. He was probably named after Rev. J Hudson Taylor who founded the China Inland Mission in 1865, and Meredith's older brother Beaufort. Meredith and Ella with two children returned to Shanghai in 1898.

Hudson Hardman (18) is recorded as arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 16 August 1913 after sailing on the Celtic from Liverpool and was recorded as single, with Great Britain, Irish ethnicity. His last place of residence was Bridge of Weir, Scotland.

Hudson Beaufort Hardman returned to Scotland and when he enlisted in September 1914 into Lochiel's Camerons, he was living in Broomward, Bridge of Weir. He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant on 17th April 1915 and posted to 3rd Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. He was transferred to 7th Camerons on 28th September 1915 and first joined the theatre of war in France on the following day. 7th Camerons came under orders of 44th Brigade in 15th (Scottish) Division. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 16th December 1915 then Assistant Adjutant on 21st March 1916. The Division fought in the Battle of the Somme in 1916 notably involved in the battle to take the French village of Pozieres.

He was killed when the 7th Battalion attacked the switch line which formed part of the German system of trenches in front of Contalmaison. Ironically, as Acting Adjutant, he had signed the Operation Order for the action in which he lost his life. His name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, alongside 72,000 others who died in the Somme sector and have no known grave.

His father Meredith's UK address in 1922 was Newington Green, London N16. Mrs Hardman died in Toronto in 1924.


1898 China's Millions 1913 Ellis Island Birthplace
Name Age Name Age
Hudson Beaufort Hudson18 Chorlton, Lancashire
Unknown sibling


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