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Charles Eric GARDINER

Regimental number7864
Place of birthColeraine, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAuctioneer
AddressColeraine, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6.5"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinFather, C Gardiner, Coleraine, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Voluntary Cadets for 2 years; 5 weeks in the 8th Light Horse Regiment.
Enlistment date28 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNo 1 Australian General Hospital
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board A62 Wandilla on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 25 March 1919
Discharge date2 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 4th Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 18 March 1916. Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8(?) June 1916.

Placed on Supernumerary List, and attached to 4th Machine Gun Company for duty, 12 October 1916.

Transferred from 4th Machine Gun Company, and taken on strength of B Section, 16 October 1916.

On leave to United Kingdom, 14 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 2 March 1918.

Admitted to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 13 August 1918 (glossitis), and transferred to Ambulance Train No 34; admitted to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 14 August 1918 (inflection of tongue); transferred to 39th General Hospital, Camiers, 20 August 1918 (venereal disease); discharged to Base Depot, Havre, 15 October 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 64 days; rejoined unit, 26 October 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 17 January 1919; rejoined unit from leave, 31 January 1918.

Marched out for return to Australia, 4 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Denison', 25 March 1919 (nursing staff); admitted to ship's hospital, at sea, 27 March 1919 (iritis); discharged, 6 April 1919; admitted to ship's hospital, at sea, 19 April 1919 (pyrexia, unknown origin); discharged, 23 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 10 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 2 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

After the war he was a stock and land agent in the Hamilton district, Victoria.
Date of death6 February 1965
Age at death71
SourcesNAA: B2455, GARDINER Charles Eric
'Pastoral Review', 22 March 1965, p. 253.

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