Alec John H GARDINER (1898-1954)

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Lance Corporal: 2075 Alec John H GARDINER. M.M.


Born: 1898. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Birth Cert:17783/1898.

Married: 1922. Sydney, New South Wales, Australaia. Marriage Cert:4557/1922.

Wife: Annie M Gardiner. nee: Hansen.

Died: 1954. Bondi, New South Wales, Australia. Death Cert:966/1954.


Father: George H Gardiner.

Mother: Anne Gardiner. nee: Small.


INFORMATION

Alec Gardiner enlisted with the 35th Battalion AIF on the 3rd April 1916 and embarked from Sydney onboardHMAT A on the 24th August 1918 and disembarked at Devonport England on the 11th October 1916. Alec proceeded to the 9th Training Battalion at the Durrington Army Camp at Lark Hill and after completing his training proceeded overseasfor France via Codford on the 21st of November 1916.

Alec was Wounded in Action on the 10th June 1917 where he received a Gun Shot Wound to both thighs and was treated by the 9th Australian Field Ambulance before he was transfered to the 32nd Stationary Hospital at Wimereux before embarking for England on the 15th June 1916. Whist in hospital Alec made the following report.

5th August 1917.

Informant; Lance Corporal: 2075 Alec John H GARDINER. Private: 2173 Valentine Frederick IDSTEIN was killed by one of our own gas shells. It hit him in the chest and he died instantly. My pal Private: Frederick SALTAN, stretcher bearer carried him out and he told me all about it. INDSTEIN is buried in a new cemetery we were making at Plaegsleert where it happened. It was evening.

Eye Whitness: Private: Frederick SALTAN, Stretcher Bearer.

Weston Favell, V.A.D. Hospital, Northampton.

Being discharged from hospital he was granted furlo from the 4th September until the 18th September 1917 at Weymouth and was marched in the the No:3 Command Depot at Hurdcott where he remained until he proceeded overseas for France via Southampton on the 28th November 1917 and Alec was marched in to Rouelles the next day and rejoined his unit in the field on the 6th December 1917.

WARNETON

1st March 1918.

Working Parties were today reduced to 100. The day was overcast.

2nd March 1918.

"C and D" Coys moved from Catacombes to new quarters in vicinity of Prowse Point. The day was cold and a little snow fell during the afternoon.

3rd March 1918.

Day working parties as usual. Night parties cancelled owing to 9th Brigade Raid. Raid on Warneton Sector. 11:45pm Zero Hour The 300 raiders including 4 officers and 75 other ranks from this Battalion. The operation was a success. One Officer and 10 other ranks (Bosch) were brought in, and it was estimated that 50 dead Bosch were left in the lines. Much damage was done to the trenches and all objectives were reached. The raiders remained in enemy lines for 35 minutes. Very little resistance of any kind was encountered. Our casualties were; Killed 2 other ranks. Missing; 1 Officer. Wounded 1 Officer and 18 other ranks. Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander MILNE D.S.O. 36th Battalion was Officer in charge of raid.

4th March 1918.

Very Misty day and visibility bad. Very quiet.

5th March 1918.

A Raid simular to the one of the night March 3rd was carried out this morning. 12:50am Zero Hour. The numbers were the same as the previous raid, but more resistance was encountered from the enemy posts. The operation was a success. Two prisoners were taken , but raiders estimated that 40 dead Bosch were left in the lines. Our casualties were - Killed. 1 Officer Captain: 717 Benjamin Greenup BRODIE (34th Battalion) 3 other ranks. Wounded. 1 Officer 21 other ranks. The following decorating for conspicuous bravery during raid on the night of March 3rd were published today. The Military Medal to Sergeant: Hugh Jospep MCALARY  Sergeant: Robert Stevenson DICK   Private: 2075 Alec GARDINER.

35th Battalion War Diary

MILITARY MEDAL

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 7 August 1918 Page 1657, position 55

Date of London Gazette: 25 April 1918 Page 5037, position 19

Alec was appointed Lance Corporal on the 12th of April 1918 and was reported Missing in Action on the 7th May 1918 and was reported as a Prisoner of War Interned at Cassel Germany and Wounded in Action Alec remained in enemy hands until after the Armistace and was repatriated to England on the 9th January 1919 and granted leave from the 13th of January until the 14th February when he reported to No:1 Command Depot at Weymouth and embarked from England onboard the S.S "Khyber" on the 31st of March and disembarked at Sydney on the 14th May 1919 and was discharged from the AIF on the 7th June 1920.

S S Khyber

P & O Lines

19th June 1918.

Informant;

No:3 General Hospital Le Treport, France.

Family Information

Alec was a single 18 year old Shop Assistant from Mona Vale, N.S.W. prior to enlistment. Alec's parents George and Annie Gardiner were married in Sydney, N.S.W. in 1892 Marriage Cert:611/1892. and had 2 children. Stella O Gardinder born 1894 at Sydney, N.S.W. Birth Cert:240/1894. Alick J H Gardiner born 1898 at Sydney, N.S.W. Birth Cert:17783/1898. and died 1952 at Bondi, N.S.W. Death Cert:966/1954.

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