Service Numbers: 2687, 2687A
Enlisted: 21 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia, May 1896
Home Town: Warwick, Southern Downs, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Mouquet Farm, France, 3 September 1916
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Plot VIII, Row E, Grave 30.
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World War 1 Service

21 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2687, 25th Infantry Battalion
21 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, 2687, 25th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Seang Bee embarkation_ship_number: A48 public_note: ''
21 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, 2687, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Brisbane
2 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 49th Infantry Battalion
3 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2687A, 49th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

George Gardener enlisted in August 1915 with his brother, Melbourne Gardner, into the 25th Battalion and they were allotted consecutive regimental numbers. They both gave their nearest of kin as their guardian, A.E. Morey of Warwick, Queensland. They were both underage, George being just 17 and Melbourne was still well under 16 years of age.

They were both transferred to the 49th Battalion during early 1916.

George was reported by several witnesses to have killed by the concussion of a shell during the heavy fighting at Mouquet Farm on 3 September 1916. His brother 2686 Pte. Melbourne Gardner was wounded and evacuated to England during the same battle.

Their father, Henry Charles Gardiner also enlisted in 1916, at the age of 46. He was returned to Australia in 1917 after an ulcer caused the loss of his left eye.

George’s remains were discovered by the Imperial War Graves in 1919 and they were interred in the Courcelette British Cemetery.