|Sir Campbell Hardy
KCB CBE DSO*
|Years of service||1924–1959|
|Commands held||46 Commando
3 Commando Brigade
Commandant General Royal Marines
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order and Bar
Educated at Felsted School, Hardy was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1924 and qualified as Physical Training Officer. He served in World War II as the first Commanding Officer of 46 Commando in Normandy from 1943 and as Commander of 3 Commando Brigade in Burma and Hong Kong from 1944. On 29 December 1944, 3 Commando Brigade, under Hardy's command, carried out an unopposed landing on the island of Akyab in Burma. Between 22 and 23 January 1945 he led a successful defence against Japanese forces at the Battle of Hill 170. After the battle, the commander of the XV Indian Corps—Lieutenant General Sir Philip Christison—stated in a special order of the day to 3rd Commando Brigade, "The Battle of Kangaw had been the decisive battle of the whole Arakan campaign and that it was won was very largely due to your magnificent defence of Hill 170."
After the War he became Chief Instructor at the School of Combined Operations at Fremington and then became Commander of 3 Commando Brigade again in Malta, Hong Kong and Malaya. He went on to be Commander of the Royal Marines Depot at Deal in 1951, Chief of Staff of the Royal Marines in 1952 and Commandant General Royal Marines in 1955. He made an unofficial visit to the 45 Commando landing zone at Suez in 1956 before retiring in 1959.
Honours and awards
On 6 September 1943 Hardy was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) For gallant and distinguished services while operating with the Army in Normandy and in 1945 was awarded a bar to the original DSO For Courage, example and enthusiasm during commando operations in Northern Europe. In the King's Birthday Honours 1948 Hardy was appointed as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). On 19 October 1951 Hardy was promoted with an additional appointment to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In the New Year Honours 1957 Hardy was appointed a Knight Commander of The Order of the Bath (KCB)
- Old Felstedians: Military
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
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- Moreman, p. 82.
- Fowler, p. 18.
- The London Gazette: . 8 September 1944.
- The London Gazette: . 30 March 1945.
- The London Gazette: . 4 June 1948.
- The London Gazette: . 19 October 1951.
- The London Gazette: . 28 December 1956.
- Marines 'ancient and modern' take part in dedication of standard Royal Marines Association Newsletter, November 2010, p. 10.
- Fowler, Will (2009). Royal Marine Commando 1950-82: From Korea to the Falklands. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84603-372-8.
- Moreman, Tim (2006). British Commandos 1940–46. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84176-986-8.
- Saunders, Hilary St. George (1959) . The Green Beret: The Commandos at War. London: Four Square Books. OCLC 1260659.
Sir John Westall
|Commandant General Royal Marines
Sir Ian Riches