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Regimental number889
Place of birthWhitewell, Yorkshire, England
SchoolSt Peter's Roman Catholic School, Mill Hill, Blackburn, England
Age on arrival in Australia25
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationAsylum attendant
AddressMental Hospital, Parramatta, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height6' 0"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Elizabeth Ann Ashton, 92 Victoria Road, Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, Lancashire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

German report, 2 August 1916: 'austr. Sold. Gardner, H. Erk.Mrk. 889, 30. Bn. am 19.7 in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'

Red Cross File No 1140302 records, 29 November 1916: 'The above name [GARDNER H. 889] appears on German death list 4-11-16.'

Red Cross file has statement from 1012 Pte G. WHITFIELD, D Company, 30th Bn (patient, 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford). 31 July 1916: 'Informant states that on 19th July at 9. or 9.30. p.m. at Fleurbaix Pte Harry Gardner was killed. He was one of a reserve Coy going up with supplies over open ground which was being shelled. The Germans semt up a flare and our men lay down. A shell came over and burst in front of them, killing Gardner. Informant spoke to him, he was very badly hit and cannot have lived long. Informant saw him again after he had died.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname entered on Embarkation Roll as GARDINER. Sister's address incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Wallou-le-Dale, near Preston, Lancashire, England.
SourcesNAA: B2455, GARDNER Henry
Red Cross file 1140302

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