He enrolled in the Regular Army 9 January 1956 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He married the former Joan Marie Kearsley in Mission 24 August 1957, and a son Edward Leroy, was born 19 September 1958.
Lance Corporal Hardie died as a result of a motor accident in Calgary 31 July 1961. At the time of his death he was an NCO with the signal platoon. He was active in sports and had been a member of the team that won the 1961 Garrison Basketball Championship.
He was buried at Hatzic Cemetery, Mission, BC 4 August 1961 with full military honours.