Alfred Frank Hardiman
Person Male Born 21/5/1891 Died 17/4/1949
Sculptor. Born 17 Orde Hall Street. The statue of Lord Haig is his best known work. Ornamental Passions tells us that Hardiman also produced four pieces of the sculpture on County Hall. Died Stoke Poges.
He was the elder son of Alfred William Hardiman (1865-1948) and Ada Ann Hardiman née Myhill (1868-1934). He was baptised on 28 June 1861 at St George the Martyr Church, Queen Square, Camden. The baptismal register confirms the family lived at 17 Orde Hall Street, Bloomsbury and that his father was a gold and silver-smith.
When his brother, Alfred Leonard Hardiman (1899-1985) was baptised on 19 February 1899 at St John's Church, Highbury Park, the baptismal register shows the family residing at 71 Kelvin Road, Islington and the family of four were still there at the time of both the 1901 and 1911 census returns. In the 1911 census his occupation was recorded as a constructional engineer's draughtsman.
On 9 March 1917 he joined the Royal Navy, service number F26047 until 31 March 1918 when he transferred to the Royal Air Force upon its formation on 1 April 1918 and his service number became 226407. He was rated as an Air Mechanic 1st Class and was awarded the British War Medal 1914-1918.
In late 1918 he married Violet White (1897-1977) in Edmonton. They had two daughters, Hilary Augusta Violet Hardiman (1933-1991) who was born on 10 August 1933 and Janis C. Hardiman whose birth was recorded in the 1st quarter of 1938 in the Pancras registration district.
In the 1930 edition of the Hampstead & Childs Hill Directory he is listed at 37a Greville Road, Hampstead, NW6 and this address is confirmed in various subsequent directories and electoral registers until 1949, The 1939 England and Wales Register records him as a sculptor (artist) living with his family at 'Farthing Green', Farthing Lane, Eton, Buckinghamshire, however telephone directories from 1940 list this address as Farthing Green, Church Lane, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire.
He died, aged 57 years, on 17 April 1949. Probate records show his address as Farthing Green, Church Lane, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire. Probate was granted to his widow and to a chartered accountant called Edward Thomas Wood on 27 January 1950. His effects totalled £7,707-4s-7d.