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Private William Gardner

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: William John Gardner

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1874

Ancestor's date of death: 09/08/1953

Cause of Death: Age related

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Farm Labourer - Towaninny VIC, son of Mary Tait and John Gardiner.

Service Number: 167

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Melbourne

Unit: Victorian Imperial Bushmen (Australian Imperial Regiment)

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service

Murray Page: 264

Contingent: Fourth Victorian

Ship: Victorian, Date of Sailing: 01/05/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Height 190 cm, fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: May 1900 - June 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal, Cape Colony under Henniker including relief of Philipstown (11 February 1901), capture of Boer guns at Read's Drift (23 February), and capture of Boer patrol near Doornkloof (1 March 1901); may have seen garrison duty in Rhodesia.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 12 July 1901 on the Orient. Became a policeman with the Victorian Police Force. Won many trophies for Rifle Shooting.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Jocelyn Pollard, Mosman NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Granddaughter


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