Sidney Francis GARDINER

GARDINER, Sidney Francis

Service Number: 229
Enlisted: 7 March 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney New South Wales, Australia, September 1890
Home Town: Sans Souci, Kogarah, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Cerebro-spinal meningitis, Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 27 December 1916
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Grave C. 232. Personal Inscription HE DIED AN AUSTRALIAN HERO ONE OF GOD'S BRAVEST AND BEST, Tidworth Military Cemetery, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

7 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 229, 17th Infantry Battalion
12 May 1915: Involvement Private, 229, 17th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '12' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Themistocles embarkation_ship_number: A32 public_note: ''
12 May 1915: Embarked Private, 229, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 26.

Deaths Mar 1917 Gardener Sydney 26 Pewsey 5a 253

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 27th December…… Sidney Francis Gardiner was born in 1890 in Sydney, New South Wales. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 7th March, 1915 as a 24 year old, single, Labourer from Sans Souci, Sydney, NSW.

Private Sidney Gardiner embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Themistocles (A32) on 12th May, 1915 with the 5th Infantry Brigade, 17th Infantry Battalion “A” Company. He proceeded to join M.E.F. (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) at Gallipoli on 16th August, 1915.

He was transferred to Hospital on 5th November, 1915 from Gallipoli Peninsula & returned to duty at Gallipoli Peninsula on 8th November, 1915.
On 9th January, 1916 Private Gardiner disembarked at Alexandria ex Mudros (after the evacuation of Gallipoli).

Private Gardiner was awarded 168 hours Field Punishment No. 2 on 9th February, 1916 for Absence without Leave from 7 am on 18th January, 1916 to 9 am on 23rd January, 1916.

He was sent sick to Hospital at Alexandria on 15th March, 1916. He was admitted to No. 3 Australian General Hospital at Abbassia (some forms have Heliopolis) on 16th March, 1916 then transferred & admitted to Military Infect. Hospital at Choubra on 6th April, 1916 with Enteric. Private Gardiner was transferred & admitted to No. 4 Auxiliary Hospital on 18th May, 1916. He was transferred & admitted to Ras-el-Tin Convalescent Depot on 27th May, 1916 & was discharged to Tel-el-Kebir on 31st May, 1916.

On 1st June, 1916 Private Gardiner was transferred to 14th Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir from Details. He was written up for a Crime at Tel-el-Kebir – Absenting himself without Leave (3 days) from 1st July, 1916 to 3rd July, 1916. He was awarded 7 days Confined to Camp & forfeited 3 days’ Pay.

Private Gardiner was admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital at Tel-el-Kebir on 20th July, 1916 with VDG Balanitis. He was transferred & admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital at Abbassia on 22nd July, 1916. Private Gardiner was discharged to D. Q. Details on 3rd August, 1916.

He embarked from Alexandria on 14th September, 1916 for overseas on HMT Kingstonian & was marched in to No. 7 Details Company, No. 3 Camp, Parkhouse, Wiltshire, England on 26th September, 1916 from overseas.

On 2nd October Private Gardiner was marched in to 5th Training Battalion at Rollestone. Wiltshire, England from Parkhouse.

He was written up for a Crime while posted at Rollestone – A.W.L. (Absent without Leave) from 8 am on 5th November, 1916 till 8pm on 24th November, 1916. He was awarded a total forfeiture of 40 days pay on 28th November, 1916.

On 18th December, 1916 Private Gardiner was admitted to Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England. Captain Harper, of 5th Training Battalion, wrote a memo on 18th December, 1916 – “Suspected case of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis – Pte Sidney Gardiner, 229, original unit 17th Battalion (present unit A. Company 5th Training Battalion Rollestone), age 26, occupied Hut 22, Camp No. 7.”

Private Sidney Gardiner died at 1 pm on 27th December, 1916 at Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis.
He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)