12 October 1917 : Pte Arthur Amos Hardisty

Amos Hardisty wa born at Drax Abbey near Selby, Yorkshire in 19 August 1873

Location of Selby, Yorkshire in the north of England  (cc OpenStreetMaps)

Arthur was an apprentice printer and then a stationer in Barnoldswick. His mother died in 1891. in 1896 he married Olive Nuttall. Their son Percy was born in September 1897. Olive died in in August 1900 and Arthur's father died in 1901.

Location of Palmerston, Manawatu-Wanganui in New Zealand (cc OpenStreetMap)

In 1906 Arthur emigrated to New Zealand. In 1911 he was living at Palmerston, Manawatu-Wanganui. On 31 January 1912 he married Elizabeth Cameron Taylor. Their daughter Christina Brough was born in September 1913 and a son Cameron was born in March 1916. 

Amos enlisted into the New Zealand Expeditionary Force on 16 October 1916 and embarked for active service in February 1917 (arriving in France on 6 June 1917). A participant in the Battle of Messines, he also took part in the 3rd Battle of Ypres from the end of September.

New Zealand troops training for Messines (ATL, PA-f-093-05-4)

Arthur was posted as missing in action on 'New Zealand's blackest day' of the war – the opening day of the 1st Battle of Passchendaele, 12 October 1917, and has no known grave. Consequently, his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, Belgium.

37813 Pte Arthur Amos Hardisty, A Coy 1st Bn Otago Regiment NZEF

12 October 1917 died on this day

Research by David O'Mara

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901 England Census. New Zealand Electoral Rolls, NZ Army enlistment records.