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HARDMAN / HERDMAN – William Royal Artillery 5th Battery

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HARDMAN William – Minden – Royal Artillery Fremantle Library – Elizabeth John and William Hardman 1880 Reference number 4975

Gunner William Hardman 1807 to 1878 – An extract from the Hardman Family History by Max Hardman

Royal Artillery Badge
Land Grant to Widow

Class of 1853 – EPFs Who became Constables – by Peter Conole and Jean McDonald – April 2013 EPG Gazette

Name HARDMAN / HERDMAN – William
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 5th Battery
Regiment Number (s)
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
On 25 July 1826 William joined the British Army / 18 years / Manchester Lancashire England
Engineer (Sawyer on Surgeon’s list)
Description – Height
5ft 6in
Dark /Grey / Black / None
Overseas Service/DurationCanada – 1 year 11 months
Length of Service22 years 11 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner and Driver / 11th July 1848 / Plymouth Devon England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Stonehouse Devon England
Pension Districts1848 2nd Plymouth
1851 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0½d per diem
1873 – Increased to 1/3 per diem service in Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
16th July 1851 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MINDEN 14th October 1851
Date/Place of Birthc1808 Bolton Lancashire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
1809 / Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage8th January 1830/ St. Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, Kent
Children by 1st WifeHenrietta B 1831 Kent, Woolwich
William B 1834 Devon
Joseph B 1839 Devon remains in England
Bp 17 March 1839 Stoke Damerel Devon (Anglican)
Julia B  9 April 1840 Devon
M BRIDGE John 1855 Perth Western Australia
D 1910 North Coolgardie Western Australia
Mary Ann B c1840 Ireland
M CUREDALE George 1863 Perth Western Australia
D 24 December 1909 Perth WA
Bur Karrakatta cemetery
2nd Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
SPRY Elizabeth
Born Calstock Cornwall 1816
Date/Place of MarriageTavistock, Devon 8th February 1848
Children by  2nd WifeRichard Tremlett B c1849 Not yet known
M ELSEGOOD Maria 1871 Guildford Western Australia
D 12th April 1927 Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Elizabeth B 1853 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1860 Western Australia
John Henry B 1857 Perth Western Australia
M CAPORN Elizabeth Ann 1876 Fremantle Western Australia
D 10th October 1916 Perth Western Australia
bur Wesleyan Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father / Mother of  2nd wife
Date/Place of Birth
SPRY Henry
Mother of  2nd wife
Date/Place of Birth
DOIDGE Permella
Land Grants Western
North Fremantle Lot P53 east side of Stirling Highway.
2 acres (granted to widow 1881)
Title application 25 May 1881 Tile 5/1193
Occupation after
Assistant warder Convict establishment appointed 3 November 1851 at a salary of £52 per annum
Cartage Contractor for lime, wood and building stone 1862
Newspaper ArticlesThe Murchison Times and Day Dawn Gazette Thursday 30 December 1909 page 3 Murder of Marion Curedale – there are sundry articles about this tragedy
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial1878 Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
7 November 1845 Ellen Hardman died East Stonehouse Devon age 36, death registered Plymouth St. Andrews
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
1886 Elizabeth Hardman died Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationMax Hardman has written a comprehensive family history set out in four volumes dealing with William Hardman, Richard and John Henry Hardman, Horace Hardman and Max Hardman. We have included a file that is an extract of Volume One which deals with the life and times of Gunner William Hardman 1807 to 1878. This extract can be downloaded here  or left of page and is in three sections from Volume One:

• The Preface
• The Minden
• Gunner William Hardman’s life

Max Hardman has made a great contribution to outlining the history of his ancestor William.