Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (The 2/4th Battalion)

Research and Resources around the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during WWI

Private Frank Herbert (Gardner) Gardiner

Name: Frank Herbert Gardiner
Birth Place: Headington, Oxon
Residence: Oxford
Death Date: 22 Aug 1917
Enlistment Location: New Headington, Oxon
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 202151
Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Initials: F H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Date of Death: 22/08/1917
Service No: 202151
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 96 to 98.

Please see:

The Attack on Pond Farm, 22nd August, 1917

The Attack On Pond Farm and Other Strong Posts, 21st -24th August 1917

Attack on Strongpoints, South East of St. Julian, 22nd August 1917

The Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele)

Is this his brother?

Jack GARDNER (1888–1918) Poppy

John Bernard Gardner (known as Jack) was born in Headington in 1888, the son of Charles Gard[i]ner (born in Headington, birth registered in first quarter of 1859) and Mary Ann Walker (born in Wheatley, birth registered in the third quarter of 1850). His parents were married in the Headington registration district in the second quarter of 1881, and had the following children:

* Walter J. Gardner (born in Headington in c.1881)
* William Henry Gardner (born in Headington on 23 July 1883 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 30 September 1883)
* Frederick Charles Gardner (born in Headington on 15 May 1886 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 25 July 1886)
* John Bernard Gardner (born in Headington on 5 July 1888 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 30 September 1888)
* Fanny Caroline Sarah Gardner (born in Headington on 14 February 1891 and privately baptised on 14 April 1891)
* Christopher Robert Gardner (born in Headington on 14 July 1892 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 16 October 1892)
* Frank Herbert Gardner (born in Headington on 9 September 1895 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 5 July 1896)

John’s father was a bricklayer’s labourer. He was away on census night in 1891, and his wife was in their New High Street home (probably No. 63) with her first five children.

At the time of the 1901 census, all the family were at home, and Jack was 12 years old. They were still in New High Street in 1911, when Jack (22) was working as a waggoner on a farm.

In the First World War Jack Gardner served as a Private in the 10th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (Service No. 201902). He was killed in action in France on 22 March 1918 at the age of 30 and is buried in the Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery at Beaumetz-Les-Cambrai. He is listed on the Roll of Honour of All Saints Church, Highfield.

After the War

Jack Gardner’s mother, Mary, died at her New High Street home at the age of 75 and was buried at Headington Cemetery on 20 October 1925. Jack’s father Charles died at the age of 78 in the London Road Hospital (The Laurels, formerly Headington Workhouse) at the age of 78 on 22 September 1936. He was described as a builder’s foreman at the time of his death.


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