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1917, MARCH 14th – VALET SUB-SECTION OF DENICOURT TRENCHES, ABLAINCOURT SECTOR

Killed in Action 14th March 1917

202827 Private Harry Victor Gardner, M.M.

Private. TF. 202827 2/4th Ox & Bucks Light Infantry 61st Division. Killed in action 14 March 1917. Aged 22. Son of John Henry & Kate Gardener of Mesea Island, Essex. Born in Hove and enlisted in Swansea. Resident of West Mersea, Essex Mersea Island War Memorial. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial

1917, MARCH 9th – 15th VALET SUB-SECTION OF DENICOURT TRENCHES, ABLAINCOURT SECTOR

Ablaincourt Sector

From The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, by Captain G. K. Rose M.C. (Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1920)

The Battalion returned to do another tour in the Ablaincourt sector. The line was again held by A on the left (owing to the former three-company system no proper interchange had been possible) and by B on the right. Davenport went to my old headquarters, which the enemy was now busy trench-mortaring, and held half the front previously held by C, which, with D Company, was now in support. To the usual evils were now added rifle-grenades filled with gas, which caused several casualties in A Company. D Company lost a good man in Lance Corporal Tremellen, who was wounded by a bullet through the legs when leading a ration party ‘across the top,’ and other N.C.O.’s went sick with trench fever. During this tour the energy of Corporal Viggers, of my company, was most remarkable. He did the work of ten.

Extracted From The Regimental Chronicles of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

… had one more tour in the line from the 9th to the 15th

Private Harry Victor Gardner, M.M.

Name: Harry Victor Gardner
Birth Place: Hove, West Brighton
Residence: Swansea
Death Date: 14 Mar 1917
Enlistment Location: West Mersea, Essex
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 202827
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theater of War: Aldershot
Comments: M.M.

Name: GARDNER, HARRY VICTOR
Initials: H V
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 14/03/1917
Service No: 202827
Awards: M M
Additional information: Son of John Henry and Kate Gardner, of Mersea, Essex.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

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