Guard Eustace Gay Hardman

Guard Eustace Gay Hardman

West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation, West Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, November 22, 1939

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Eustace Gay Hardman

Guard Eustace Hardman succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when an inmate struck him on the back of the head with a pick ax.

He was supervising a work crew at a convict road camp in McCauley, West Virginia, when the inmate approached him from behind and struck him in an attempt to escape. The inmate then stole a truck but was involved in a crash near Baker. The man was then shot and killed after stealing another vehicle belonging to a county constable who arrived to investigate the crash.

Guard Hardman was survived by his wife, three children, and father.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 21, 1939
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Pick ax
  • Offender Shot and killed

escape attempt

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