THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
HARDIE Robert Davies
10/1171, Major, New Zealand Machine Gun Corps

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 16 August 1917, p8353
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  Although wounded in the eye during an advance, he led his men through a heavy barrage into their positions and continued with great skill and courage to direct the fire of his guns, remaining with them throughout the action, although he had every reason to suppose he had lost an eye.  By his devotion to duty he set a splendid example to his men.  (Battle of Messines 7 Jan 1917)

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 4 January 1917, p262
Has shown loyalty and devotion to duty throughout a period of five months.  On 14th September, when his company commander was wounded, he took charge  of the company and showed marke ability under difficult conditions.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 December 1917, p13576
Mentioned in Field Marshal D. Haig's despatch of 7 November 1917, for distinguished and gallant service and devotion to duty during the period 26th February to midnight 20/21st September 1917.

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mentioned in Despatches (2)
War Medal 1939-1945
New Zealand War Service Medal
New Zealand Territorial Service Medal

NOTES
Born 18 August 1891, Wellington, New Zealand
Died 7 May 1977, Palmerston, New Zealand