|The historic King Alfred School where Gathorne was a pupil|
William Hardy died on 28 May, 1907 leaving a phenomenal (for the time) £32089 11s 8d and Gathorne was sent to be educated at King Alfred's Grammar School at Wantage and Mrs. Hardy moved to "San Remo" 45 Canewdon Road. War broke out in 1914 and as soon as he was old enough Gathorne joined the army and, like so many of his class, was soon commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and served with The Royal Irish Fusiliers. He was seriously wounded in action on 12 April 1918 at Wulverdhem Nr Midland Farm, taken prisoner by the Germans, and died of his wounds in captivity on 30 April 1918 in Flanders and is buried there in the Kortrijk Communal Cemetery, plot 23, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. In his will he left £57 to his mother (her address is now given as 49 Canewdon Road). Geraldine Hardy returned to London where she died at Kensington, age 83, in 1943.
As I finished writing the above I decided to visit St.Vincent's Road to photograh "White Lodge", the Hardy home at No.38. Sadly the house no longer exists, having been destroyed by a German bomb on 10 December 1943. The same bomb also destroyed Nos 36 and 34 St.Vincents Road. Frederick Robert Sapey and his wife Lily May lived at 34 - both were killed and both were members of the St.Alban's congregation, their names appearing on the World War Two memorial plaque.
|38 St.Vincent's Road after the bomb (Essex Records Office)|