The new version of All Quiet on the Western Front highlights once more the incredible courage and bravery of the soldiers on the front lines in WW1. The terrible conditions they endured and the compassion they showed to each other against all the odds. Theodore Hardy signed up to be an army chaplain in 1916, on his way to the front he met Woodbine Willy (Stuttgart Kennedy) who told him this: ‘Live with the men. Go everywhere they go. Share all their risks and more if you can do any good. Take a box of fags in your haversack and a great deal of love in your heart. Laugh with them, joke with them; you can pray with them sometimes, but pray for them always.’ And so that’s what he did. He was a man who really cared for others, risking his life time and again for the wounded and trapped. He received the DSO, MC and the VC for his courage. Sadly he lost his life to injuries just four weeks before the Armistice was signed. On his tombstone are the words – ‘Love never faileth’ – and he certainly showed great love to those he cared for, night and day, in the trenches on the front line.
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Thanks for this Dave. Very good to hear about the work of Theodore Hardy. He sounds like a very faithful chaplain working in very difficult circumstances. Good to hear about all those medals he received for his courage. In the light of the war in Ukraine it is very timely to hear about this brave chaplain.
Great to hear about the inspiring story of Theodore Hardy. What an amazing follower of Jesus!