Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years


Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
Top 10

Manitoba History No. 89

No. 89

Summer Field Trip 2019
Field Trip

Fall Field Trip 2019
Field Trip

War Memorials in Manitoba
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old

Abandoned Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Robson Hardy (1890-?)

Police officer.

Born at Forest Hall, Northumberland, England on 1 August 1890, son of George Hunter Hardy and Elizabeth Boomer, he was educated at West Moor, Northumberland. He emigrated to Canada in 1913 and served on the Prince Albert Police Force before moving to Brandon in 1914 where was a police detective.

In June 1915, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served in the ranks of the 45th and 52nd Battalions in France, seeing duty at Hill 60, Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Amiens, Cambrai, Canal du Nord, Valenciennes, and Mons. He was twice wounded in 1917 and was awarded the Military Cross (Passchendaele), Bar (Lens), Bar (Arras). He was discharged with the rank of Captain and returned to Canada in May 1919. He then returned to his police duties at Brandon, serving as Acting Sergeant until September 1919, when he became Chief Constable.

In 1907, he married Grace Anderson. They had a daughter.


Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 April 2012

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.