THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
NEIL James Hardie
SA N/N, Surgeon Captain, 4th Contingent
3/1307, Lieutenant Colonel, New Zealand Medical Corps
800691, Lieutenant Colonel, New Zealand Medical Corps

CITATION
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Gazetted 12 December 1946, p32
For services to medicine.

Distinguished Service Order
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at Bapaume and Bancourt from 23 August to 3 September 1918. He was in command of the ambulance (3rd New Zealand Field Ambulance) and constantly visited the forward bearer relay posts.  During the action round Bancourt he went forward with two light ambulance cars to within a few hundred yards of the front line and supervised the evacuation. It was owing to his gallantry and personal supervision that the evacuation was so successfully carried out

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 1 June 1917, p5430
This officer organised and trained No 3 New Zealand Field Ambulance in New Zealand.  Since joining the Division in February 1916 his consistently hard work has brought this unit to a very high state of efficiency.  This officer has also rendered  willing and valuable service in organising divisional entertainments.  His consistent devotion to the duties of his command and any other duties he has been called upon to perform is deserving of recognition.  He has continued to perform these duties throughout the period 21st September 1916 to 25 February 1917.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 December 1917, p13576
This office has consistently carried out his duties with enthusiasm and efficiency.  During the operations against Messines (7th-9th June 1917), he commanded an Advanced Dressing Station at Hill 63.  Although his position was subjected to a heavy bombardment by shells and gas shells, he carried on his duties without interruption and his courage and devotion to duty was a constant inspiration to those working under his command

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 11 July 1919, p8837
For distinguished and gallant service and devotion to duty during the period 16th September 1918 to 15th March 1919

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)
Gazetted 12 July 1918, p8191
For distinguished service rendered during the course of the war.

AWARDS
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order
Queen's South Africa Medal
Cape Colony, Rhodesia, Transvaal, South Africa 1901
British War Medal
Victory Medal
       Mention in Despatches (3)
War Medal 1939-45
New Zealand War Service Medal
St John Ambulance Coronation Medal 1902
Coronation Medal 1953
Colonial Auxiliary Forces Decoration
New Zealand Territorial Service Medal
Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

NOTES
Born 27 February 1875, Dunedin, New Zealand
Died 27 January 1955, Auckland, New Zealand