Cecil George Gardner

Name

Cecil George Gardner

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

29/05/1919
31

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
233508
London Regiment
2nd Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

STEVENAGE (ST. NICHOLAS) CHURCHYARD
United Kingdom

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial
St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town
Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town

Pre War

Cecil was the son of John & Ann Gardner. Very little is known about his early life but when he enlisted in the Army he was living in Albert Street, Stevenage. His sister, Jessie, was the publican of the North Star in the High Street.

Wartime Service

Cecil’s military career was a relatively short one. He enlisted in the Army on the 19th April 1916 at the age of 28 and requested that he be posted to the Grenadier Guards. Following his initial training he was posted to the 2nd Entrenching Battalion of the City of London Royal Fusiliers. He embarked for service in France on the 29th August 1916, arriving in Le Harve the next day. After initial acclimatisation he joined his unit on the 18th September in the Combles sector of the Somme. At this point in the war the Battle of the Somme was well under way and fighting in the area was both bitter and heavy. On the 27th September, just 10 days after his arrival, Cecil was wounded by shellfire and received serious injuries to his left buttock and foot. His wound was serious enough for a decision to be made to remove his left leg. After a long process of recovery he was finally discharged from service in the Army on the 20th June 1917 and received his Silver Wound Badge on the 22nd July 1917. Cecil died from the effects of Pulmonary Tuberculosis on the 29th May 1919 and is buried at St.Nicholas churchyard, Stevenage.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson