There is an interesting
article on the church in Winter 2005/6 newsletter of the Kirkby
Lonsdale & District Civic Society.
Theodore Bayley Hardy, VC, DSO, MC.
Theodore Bayley Hardy, VC, DSO, MC, vicar of Hutton Roof from
1913 to 1918 is the most decorated non-combatant in the First World
Although in his 50s, the Rev Hardy was determined
to join up to serve at the front. It took alot of persistence to
persuade the authorities of this, but in 1917 he was with the 8th
Lincolns at the Battle of Passchendaele.
In September of 1917 he was awarded his first decoration,
the Distinguished Service Order and just over a month later in October
the Military Cross.
For three very brave and selfless actions carried
out on the 5th, 25th and 27th of April the Reverend Hardy was awarded
the highest honour, the Victoria Cross. When he heard of his VC
nomination his reaction was typical of the man, "I really must