Herbert Roy Gardner


Name   Herbert Roy Gardner

Number    Private 5691

Battalion   5th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Ballan

Next of Kin   His mother Mrs. Jessie Gardner of McKinnon’s P O Mardan

Date and place of enlistment   Leongatha 3/11/16

Physical details on enlistment   Age 28 years 4 months, 5’ 4” 10 stone, brown eyes and dark brown hair

Religion   Presbyterian

Occupation   Farm labourer and pearl diver

Date and place of death

He was wounded at Bullacourt on 9/5/17 and died of these wounds on 11/5/1917 at the Number 3 Casualty Clearing Station

Location of grave and memorial

He was buried at Grevillers British Cemetery Picardie, France

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He lived, as did his family in the Mardan South area

Military History

  • He attended Mardan South School
  • Herbert was known as Roy
  • He was in the Mardan Rifle Club
  • 14/2/16 He enlisted in Leongatha
  • 4/4/16 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Euripides
  • 11/5/16 He arrived in Egypt
  • 26/5/16 He embarked Alexandra
  • 4/5/16 Disembarked Marseilles
  • 19/6/16 He went to hospital with mumps
  • 26/6/16 He went back to base
  • 30/7/16 He rejoined unit
  • 15/1/17 He went to a field hospital with carbuncles
  • 21/1/17 He rejoined his unit
  • 9/5/17 He was wounded in abdomen
  • 9/5/17 He went to field hospital No 3 casualty clearing station
  • 11/5/17 He died of wounds
  • 14/3/18 Mrs. Jessie Gardner received the effects
  • His effects were a disc, a wallet, a purse, 2 coins, a safety razor and blades in case. A wristwatch damaged and a devotional booklet. Also a brush and comb
  • 27/3/18 Jessie asked for a death certificate
  • 9/2/22 His scroll arrived
  • 26/8/22 He plaque was received
  • 9/3/23 His victory medal was received by Geo Gardner
  • 28/5/24 George Gardner received the medals
  • A memorial read: –

In Memory of Pte. H R Gardner who died for our liberty in the Great War 1914-1919 From the Mardan and District Rifle Club

The sister of Roy, Jesse Rose Gardner was engaged to Frank Richardson who also died

Roy’s death was reported in The Great Southern Star on September 8th 1916

Herbert Roy Gardner (Private 5691)

Herbert Gardner, the son of George and Jessie Gardner of McKinnon’s Post Office Mardan South enlisted in the 5th Battalion on 14th February 1916. He embarked on the ‘Tunisian’ and joined the British Expeditionary Forces in Alexandria. He then embarked at Marseilles and was wounded in France on May 11th 1917. He died of his wounds on May 15th and is buried in the Grevillers British Cemetery. He was 29 when he died. 


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