Albert Gardner

Memorial: Kingswood - Holy Trinity Church

Regiment: Royal Berkshire Regiment

Medals: 1914–15 Star, British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Silver War Badge, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Private 9198

Parents: Ann and Caleb Gardner (died 1905)

Marital status: Single

Home address: Hales Bank, Blackhorse Road, Kingswood, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Soldier

Date of birth: 1893

Place of birth: Shipton, Gloucestershire

Date of death: 15/03/1915

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Neuve-Chapelle British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Age: 21

Further information:

Albert was born in Shipton, Gloucestershire the son of a labourer and the second eldest of seven children with three brothers and three sisters. Frank’s father died when he was 12 years old and sometime afterwards the family moved to Kingswood. Albert subsequently joined the army and in 1911 he was stationed at Dover Castle Barracks in Kent. Albert’s younger brother Frank was killed three years after Albert.

Albert’s regiment mobilised to France at the end of 1914 as part of the 8th Division and took part in various actions on the Western Front. Albert’s records state that he was killed in action sometime between the 10th and 15th March 1915, most probably during the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle (10–13 March 1915) and he is buried in the village of the same name. The battle was a victory for the British at a cost of 13,000 casualties. Albert left his effects divided between his siblings and his mother whose name at that time was Ann Powell, and he left his pension to his mother.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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