Badge Number: 24792, Sub Branch: State

GARDNER (GARDINER), Robert Cornelius

Service Numbers: 145, 240, S213369
Enlisted: 19 August 1914, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 6 April 1880
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Surveyor's assistant
Died: 1953, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide
Section: KO, Road: 11, Site No: 41
Memorials: Adelaide Holy Trinity Church Honour Board 2, WW1*
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Trooper, SN 145, 4th Imperial Bushmen
11 Sep 1901: Honoured Mention in Dispatches

World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 240, South Australia
22 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 240, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 240, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Corporal, SN 240

World War 2 Service

24 May 1940: Enlisted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, SN S213369, Cheltenham, South Australia
25 May 1940: Involvement Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Sergeant, SN S213369, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
27 Jun 1940: Discharged Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Sergeant, SN S213369, medically unfit; South Australia

Robert Cornelius Gardner

Born Cornelius Robert Gardner in 1880 in Adelaide to Julia (Ferrett) and Daniel F. Gardner, his father died in 1882. His mother then became the first matron of Wakefield Street Hospital for 2 years. She married Horace Edgar Duncan, a hotelier in 1885. Robert had an older sister Julia, and half-siblings Horace Walter Duncan (1885-1965, served WW1 and WW2) and Dorothy (b.1891). The family had the Gresham Hotel, North Terrace.
Robert, as he was known, served in the Boer War, 1900-1901, with the 4th Imperial Contingent (SA Imperial Bushmen) - mounted rifles. In the "Advertiser", 12/9/1901 he was listed in dispatches for "special and meritorious service in the field".
In August 1914, aged 35, he enlisted for WW1, giving his occupation as surveyor's assistant, and his qualification as signaller. He joined B Squadron, 3rd Light Horse Regiment. His service number was 240. He served at Gallipoli, in Egypt and France. On discharge, his unit was 51st Battery, 13th Field Artillery Brigade.
In 1919 he married Florence Stanley in Adelaide. They lived at St Peters, Carrieton and in the Barossa. A son Robert was born (1923), and daughters Jule (1928) and Roma. They finally moved to Newstead (St Morris).
In May 1940, aged 60, Robert C. enlisted for WW2, as a Sergeant cook, Service Number S213369, but was discharged as medically unfit a few weeks later. His son Robert (S332484) died aged 18 in 1941 in Tennant Creek, NT in an accident while serving with 8 Darwin Overland Maintenance Force.
Robert Cornelius Gardner died 5-2-1953, and his wife in 1970.

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