Serial No. 9761
Australian Army Medical Corps
Anthony Hardge - Information
Anthony Hardge was born in Camden in 1872 to Joseph and Anna Maria Hardge. When the war commenced, Anthony was residing at 110 Addison Rd in Manly with his wife, Nellie May. He supported his family as a sign writer. He then decided to serve his country, enlisting in the AIF on the 15th of August 1915 in Holsworthy. Upon joining up, Anthony was made a Private with the 1st Field Ambulance. He then boarded the SS Makarini in Sydney on the 5th of April 1916 for war service.
In early May, Anthony landed in Egypt, and was marched into Tel-el-Kebir Camp. A few weeks later, he left Alexandria for England. In July, he departed Folkestone for the Western Front in France. On the 1st of August, Anthony joined the 1st Field Ambulance. Shortly, after meeting his unit, Anthony injured his left arm and shoulder, resulting in a nasty contusion. The Field Ambulances provided vital assistance to many wounded and scared troops, taking them to casualty stations and hospitals. Many soldiers would have Anthony and the men in his unit to thank for surviving the battlefield. Into 1919, he was transported back to England, where he underwent a medical examination. During his three years of service, Anthony’s eyesight was failing, and he was unable to read small print. He was then sent back to Australia onboard the SS Orontes on the 15th of May 1919.