George Edward GARDINER

GARDINER, George Edward

Service Number: 336
Enlisted: 8 March 1916, Sydney, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Machine Gun Company
Born: England, August 1898
Home Town: Stanmore, Marrickville, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Steward / Steel Worker
Died: Murdered by wife with axe, Western Suburbs Hospital, 27 November 1946
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: New South Wales Garden of Remembrance (Rookwood Necropolis)
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World War 1 Service

8 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 336, 5th Machine Gun Company, Sydney, NSW
16 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, 336, 5th Machine Gun Company, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '21' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: RMS Orontes embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
16 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, 336, 5th Machine Gun Company, RMS Orontes, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of George T and Florrie GARDINER, 140 Percival Road, Stanmore, NSW

George served in France and was gassed on 13 May 1917. He rejoined his unit and was wounded 19 January 1918 and invalided to Bermondsey, then on to Lewisham and Harefield in England.


Police today found a blood stained axe near a bed in which George Edward Gardiner (48) was lying seriously injured at his home, 224 Holden Street, Ashfield.  Gardiner, semi-concious, bleeding from extensive head wounds and suffering from a probable fractured skull was rushed to Western Suburbs Hosptial.  Doctors operated immediately in an attempt to save his life.  Police were told that Gardiner, a returned soldier from the first World War, had been bedridden for a number of years. For a long-time his wife. Mrs. Lilian Gardiner (50), had been trying vainly to arrange for him to get into hospital, police were told. Mrs. Gardiner carried on her husband's barber shop at Stanmore. Police were told  that a woman ran into the backyard of the Gardiner home and asked the next-door neighbor, Mrs. Weekes, to get an ambulance. Following an urgent message, Const. Stubbs, of  Campsie, was first to arrive at the house. Det.-Sgts. Brown and Rodgers were on the scene soon after. A woman has been detained.

SYDNEY, Wednesday.
A special court may have to be set up in the hospital to hear the evidence in a case in which a woman is charged with having attacked her husband with an axe. This was stated in the Campsie Court to-day by Sergeant Lucas when asking for the remand of Mrs. Lillian Gardiner on a charge of having wounded her husband, George Edward Gardiner, with  intent to murder him at Ashbury on October 26.
She was remanded on £250 bail.

S.M. Rejects Plea For Freedom
An appeal for the release from prison of a woman charged with wounding her husband, was rejected by Mr. Goldie, SM, in Central Court today. Lillian Gardiner, 50, domestic, is  charged with wounding George Edward Gardiner, 48, invalid pensioner, on October 26, with intent to murder. Her daughter, Mrs. Gladys Enid Brown, of Kingsgrove, contested a  police submission that Gardiner was in a critical condition and said that he was improving. Mr. Carmichael (for defendant), said Gardiner had been bedridden for eight years after  being injured and gassed in the 1914-18 war. "For a time he was in Randwick Military Hospital and was taken home because he was a difficult patient." Mr. Carmichael continued.
"In all of that time not only has his wife looked after his business, but she has cared for him as well. "It is possible he would not be alive today but for her devoted attention," said Mr. Carmichael.
The woman was remanded until November 11.