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Norman Valentine GARDINER

Regimental number292
Place of birthElsmore, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address210 Victoria Street, North Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, T Gardiner, 210 Victoria Street, North Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 2, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/7/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll292A
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1919
Discharge date17 January 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 1st Divisional Depot, Tel el Kebir, 5 July 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 July 1916; disembarked England. Proceeded overseas to France, 15 November 1916; taken on strength, 2nd Machine Gun Company, 1 December 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 23 August 1917 (haemorrhoids), 23 August 1917; transferred to 25th General Hospital, Hardelot, 31 August 1917; rejoined unit, 11 October 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 23 January 1918 (furunculosis); rejoined unit, 10 February 1918. Reallotted Regimental Number 292A; unit designation changed to 1st Machine Gun Bn.

Wounded in action, 14 April 1918 (shell wound, back); admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 16 April 1918; rejoined unit, 17 May 1918.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 8 September 1918; promoted Corporal, 20 September 1918.

Attached for duty with Australian Army Pay Corps, London, 31 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Benalla', 8 October 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 25 November 1919; discharged, 17 January 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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