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Thomas William GARDINER

Regimental number3770
Place of birthMount Gambier South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationImplement maker
AddressGeorge Street, Spotswood, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinWife, Mrs A Gardiner, George Street, Spotswood, Victoria
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3770A
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Gallantry and determination at Pozieres.'
Recommendation date: 17 August 1916

FateReturned to Australia 22 August 1919

Military Medal

'At POZIERES, FRANCE, on 25th. July 1916. Sergeant GARDINER assisted 2/Lieut TITFORD, 1st Aust. Pioneer Battalion in the consolidation of a trench (known as O.G.1). In the face of superior numbers of the enemy Sgt. GARDINER, with his officer, very gallantly built barricades, behind which our Infantry were able to form and check the enemy bombing parties. A little later, at the same place, the Infantry were heavily attacked, when Sgt. GARDINER again showed great pluck and determination in assisting to repel the attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

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