PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasJohn William GARDNER (Gardiner)
Birth date and placec. 1828 Kilsby, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesKilsby Village, Kilsby, Rugby, Northamptonshire (1841).
Woolwich, Greenwich, Kent (1851).
Middle Street, Chatham, Kent (1861).
North Cottage, Upper Upnor, Frindsbury, Kent (1871).
North Cottage, Upper Upnor, Frindsbury, Kent (1881).
Gardeners Cottage, adjoining Tank Field, Upnor, Kent (1891).
24 Avenue Terrace, Rochester, Kent (1901).
See Musters below (1851, 1861).
TradeCopper Miner.
Caretaker of Plantations, Upnor (1871 to 1892).
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 7 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: hazel. Hair: brown.
Marks & Scars: scar over left eye.
Marriage date and place31 May 1859 Temple Bready, Cork, Ireland.
SpouseMary Warren STIVEY.
ChildrenJohn Charles b. 1861, Cork, Ireland.
Mary Jane b. 1867, Upnor, Frindsbury, Kent.
Emily Kate b. 1869, Upnor, Frindsbury, Kent.
Lucy Caroline b. 1870, Upnor, Frindsbury, Kent.
Margaret Stivey b. 1873, Upnor, Frindsbury, Kent.
Helena Celia b. 1875, Upnor, Frindsbury, Kent.
Josephine b. 1878, Upnor, Frindsbury, Kent.
Elizabeth b. 1880, Upnor, Frindsbury, Kent.
Death date and place1909 Q4, Rochester District, Kent.
Burial date and place
Will and Probate None.
Death Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#2193 Sapper.
Attestation date and place29 Nov 1848 Woolwich, Kent.
Service/CampaignsWestern Australia 4 years 186 days.
Malta 3 years 35 days.
MustersWO11-124 7th Company, Chatham (1851) and/or
WO11-126 20th Company, Chatham (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-146 (1856) Western Australia.
WO11-192 31st Company, Chatham (1861)
PromotionsSapper to 2nd Corporal 1 May 1859.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 1 Jun 1861.
Corporal to Sergeant 1 Jul 1864.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesThree Good Conduct Badges.
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (£10 gratuity).
Casualty/MedicalBarker, p.78 records that Gardner was removed to the Military Hospital, Fremantle with a ‘severe illness and will be incapacitated for a long period (1853)’. And ‘To England (16 Apr 1855)’. Nonetheless Gardner appears on the Musters until February 1856.
Courts MartialNone.
Once entered in the Regimental Defaulters Book.
Discharge date and place11 Jul 1871 Chatham.
Length of Service22 years 225 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1851-77.
Post Discharge ResidenceBrompton Barracks, Chatham.
Pension District
Pension23d. per diem.
Increased on 1 Nov 1892 to 31d. per diem for 21 years as Caretaker of Plantations at Upton.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipAnna Robertson.
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Plymouth 2 Nov 1851. Arr. Fremantle 30 Jan 1852.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder [Barker p. 78].
York Convict Depot Jan 1852 to Jun 1853.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WAEsmeralda. See Crimean War Connection.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 25 Feb 1856, via Cape of Good Hope and St Helena to London.