A Collection of Medals to recipients of the Burma Star

Date of Auction: 17th February 2021

Sold for £130

Estimate: £80 - £120

Three: Captain D. G. U. Hardy, Royal Artillery

Burma Star; War Medal 1939-45; General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, S.E. Asia 1945-46 (Lt. D. G .U. Hardy. RA.) rank officially corrected on last, nearly extremely fine (3) £80-£120


David Geoffrey Umfreville Hardy was born in 1924, the son of Brigadier-General Gordon Paul Umfreville Hardy, C.B.E., and was commissioned into the Royal Artillery on 17 June 1944. Promoted War Substantive Lieutenant on 17 December 1944, he served in the final stages of the Second World War with 22nd Anti-Tank Regiment in Burma and South-East Asia from 3 July 1945 to 9 November 1946. When he joined the unit it formed part of 82nd (West African) Division in the Arakan, and although active operations were concluded by this time, he qualified for the Burma Star (but not the 1939-45 Star, which required six months’ operational service). At the end of August 1945 the 82nd Division returned to India (and in due course to Africa) but 22nd Anti-Tank Regiment RA remained in theatre and Hardy subsequently qualified for the GSM with clasp South-East Asia 1945-46.

Promoted temporary Captain on 16 July 1947, the 1948 Army List shows still serving with a Regular Army Emergency Commission. He died at Hebburn, Northumberland, on 17 January 2009.