previous
next
  • Use this image under non-commercial licence

    This image was created and shared by: Les Featherstone

    The image is free to reuse for non-commercial purposes under the IWM Non Commercial Licence. By downloading any images or embedding any media, you agree to the terms and conditions of the IWM Non Commercial Licence, including your use of the attribution statement specified by IWM. For this item, that is: © Les Featherstone (WMR-54565)

    Embed
    HTML: BBCode:

Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Tunbridge Wells
Town
Bidborough
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
Indian Mutiny (1857-1858), Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
Maker
T Sharpe
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
54565
Current location

South wall of chancel.
St Lawrence's Church
High Street
Bidborough
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN3 0UJ
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 56511 43205
Denomination: Church of England

View location on Google Maps
Description
White marble tablet in the shape of a scroll on a black slate backing in the style of a classical tombstone. Above the scroll are two crests in white marble. The left hand crest is the Crest of Augmentation, which is made up of a laurel wreath and a hand holding a sword erect, surrounding a Dutch and French flag. The blade of the sword passes through the laurel wreath. The right hand crest is the family crest. Below the scroll are six medals, the left hand three belong to Major George Nicholas Hardinge and those on the right to Major General Richard Hardinge. Below the medals are two white marble crossed swords passing through a laurel wreath. The first line of the inscription is in gothic capitals
Inscription
TO THE MEMORY OF/ MAJOR,/ GEORGE NICHOLAS HARDINGE,/ OF THE BENGAL ARMY,/ WHO SERVED IN THE SUTLEJ AND PUNJAUB CAMPAIGNS,/ AND THROUGHOUT THE DEFENCE OF LUCKNOW:/ FROM THE EFFECTS OF THAT MEMORABLE SIEGE,/ HE DIED ON HIS PASSAGE HOME/ IN MARCH 1858, AGED 29./ HE HAD BEEN FOUR TIMES WOUNDED,/ AND WAS ENTITLED TO THREE MEDALS;/ HE HAD BEEN HONOURABLY MENTIONED BY LORD GOUGH/ AND BRIGADIER INGLIS IN THEIR DESPATCHES, AND/ THE GOVERNOR GENERAL REMARKED IN HIS ORDERS, THAT/ "HE HAD PROVED HIMSELF WORTHY OF HIS SOLDIER'S NAME"./ hIS HEROISM, GENEROSITY, AND CHRISTIAN FORTITUDE,/ SHED A LUSTRE ON HIS LIFE/ AND CAUSED HIM TO BE LOVED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM./ "HE THAT ENDURETH TO THE END SHALL BE SAVED"./ ALSO OF MAJOR GENERAL RICHARD HARDINGE, K.H./ ROYAL ARTILLERY, (FATHER OF THE ABOVE)/ WHO SERVED IN THE THREE LAST WELLINGTON CAMPAIGNS,/ AND WAS ENGAGED AT VITTORIA, ST. SEBASTIAN,/ ORTHES, TOULOUSE, QUATRE BRAS, AND LIGNY:/ DISTINGUISHED ALIKE FOR BRAVERY AND GENTLENESS,/ HE DIED JULY 20th 1864, AGED 74./ ALSO OF CAROLINE JOHNSTONE HARDINGE,/ HIS FAITHFUL WIFE, BORN 12 JUNE 1799, DIED 5 JANry 1874.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Indian Mutiny (1857-1858)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank, forename, surname, regiment, year of death, manner of death, age of death, relationships, additional.
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 1
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank, forename, surname, regiment, year of death, manner of death, age of death, relationships, additional.
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Slate, Marble - White
  • Detail
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble - White
  • Trophy / Relic
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • The Kings England Series by Mee, Arthur Kent. A Mee Pg.43. (1936)

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Please check back as we are adding more names to the database.

This information is made available under a Creative Commons BY-NC licence.

This means you may reuse it for non-commercial purposes only and must attribute it to us using the following statement:

© WMR-54565

For queries, please contact memorials@iwm.org.uk.