Name/Alias John William GARDNER (Gardiner)
Birth date and place c. 1828 Kilsby, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences Kilsby 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).
Trade Copper Miner.
Caretaker of Plantations, Upnor (1871 to 1892).
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 7 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: hazel. Hair: brown.
Marks & Scars: scar over left eye.
Marriage date and place 31 May 1859 Temple Bready, Cork, Ireland.
Spouse Mary Warren STIVEY.
Children John 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 place 1909 Q4, Rochester District, Kent.
Burial date and place
Will and Probate  None.
Death Notices
Corps and Company Royal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank #2193 Sapper.
Attestation date and place 29 Nov 1848 Woolwich, Kent.
Service/Campaigns Western Australia 4 years 186 days.
Malta 3 years 35 days.
Musters WO11-124 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)
Promotions Sapper to 2nd Corporal 1 May 1859.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 1 Jun 1861.
Corporal to Sergeant 1 Jul 1864.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Three Good Conduct Badges.
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (£10 gratuity).
Casualty/Medical Barker, 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 Martial None.
Once entered in the Regimental Defaulters Book.
Discharge date and place 11 Jul 1871 Chatham.
Length of Service 22 years 225 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97-1851-77.
Post Discharge Residence Brompton Barracks, Chatham.
Pension District
Pension 23d. per diem.
Increased on 1 Nov 1892 to 31d. per diem for 21 years as Caretaker of Plantations at Upton.
Ship Anna Robertson.
Departure and Arrival dates Dep. Plymouth 2 Nov 1851. Arr. Fremantle 30 Jan 1852.
Occupations post-arrival in WA Instructing Warder [Barker p. 78].
York Convict Depot Jan 1852 to Jun 1853.
Land Acquisition None in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WA Esmeralda. See Crimean War Connection.
Departure date and destination Dep. Fremantle 25 Feb 1856, via Cape of Good Hope and St Helena to London.