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Capt Revd Theodore Hardy

2 March @ 2:30 pm

CL festival

Talk at 2:30pm on 2nd March at Ulverston Parish Church

Our March event as part of the CL Festival celebrating 150 years of St John’s Osmotherley is an illustrated talk by Martin Cooper on the remarkable Christian Life of Capt Revd Theodore Hardy, VC, DSO, MC, CF, Chaplain to KGV.

Although he became one of the most highly-decorated non-combatants of the Great War, this former school master was described by one of his pupils as, ‘the last person you would expect to win a VC.’ In 1914, Hardy was a quiet, unassuming 51-year-old vicar at Kirkby Lonsdale in the Cumbrian fells.

On 10 October 1918, Hardy was hit by machine gun fire, as the Lincolns were crossing the River Selle by night. The first soldiers to reach Hardy remembered him saying quietly: ‘I’ve been hit. I’m sorry to be a nuisance.’ Hardy died on 18th October, three days before his 55th birthday and less than four weeks before the Armistice.

Donations in lieu of ticket price. Refreshments included. Proceeds towards St John’s Church Osmotherley.


2 March
2:30 pm
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