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Theodore Bayley Hardy VC DSO MC (Hardback)

A Reluctant Hero

Military > Victoria Crosses WWI > By Year > 1916

By David Raw
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 150
Illustrations: 50 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781473823228
Published: 4th October 2018



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In 1916, at the age of fifty-four, a slight, short sighted, unassuming country vicar and local school master became an Army Chaplain. Theodore Bayley Hardy was destined to become the most decorated non-combatant in the First World War.

He was to be awarded the Victoria Cross, the D.S.O., and the M.C.

By day he performed the usual priestly and chaplaincy tasks but by night he would work the trenches dropping in with his inimitable "It's only me!" to bring comfort and moral and spiritual support in the nightmare of wars.

Sadly, he was to die of wounds only a few days before the Armistice.

As featured in

Medal News, May 2019

Plaudits are guaranteed from readers who appreciate a well-researched account of those who, like Reverend Hardy, selflessly laid down their lives administering to the sick and dying.

Cumbria magazine, January 2019

Article: 'Book tells of vicar's heroics' as featured by

The Westmorland Gazette, 15th November 2018

About David Raw

David Raw was born and brought up in Bradford. As a child he heard stories of the Bradford Pals and was affected by the sombre gloom of the war memorial at this school, Bradford Grammar. In addition to his work as a teacher and headmaster, he has lead tours of the European battlefields and has published a biography of the Reverend Theodore Bayley Hardy, VC, DSO, MC.

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