Friday 10 February 2012

Private Frederick Charles Gardner

Born on 30 April 1897 in Brentford, Middlesex, England - son of Mrs. Elizabeth Gardner, Dexter, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in Dexter, Ontario, trade as farmer, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 3.5 inches, chest of 33.5 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair.

Joined the 91st Battalion, CEF, in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 11 December 1915 (number 189611) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 or 21 August 1916 - invalided sick to England on 22 September 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 5 September 1918 - wounded on 29 September or 2 October 1918 - invalided to England on 6 October 1918.

(Many thanks to Paul Freeman and the Elgin County Archives for this image of Pte. Gardner).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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