Robert George Gardner

Sep 11, 1890

Born in London, England


Feb 12, 1914

Married to Elsie May Francis in Lakefield, Ontario


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59351 (temporary number 251)

Ø  Next of kin given as Elsie (Ethel) May Gardner, wife, McGill St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø  Previous military experience given as Naval Reserve for 4 years

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “A” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 18, 1915

After being temporarily employed with the Pioneer Section, he rejoined “A” Company


Jun 20, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jun 30, 1915

Sentenced to 10 days Detention and forfeited 10 days pay for being absent 9 days


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Nov 17, 1915

To be employed as a 2nd Division Carpenter


Jan 10, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for an eye test.  He was diagnosed with an Error in Refraction


Jan 13, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Mar 21, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Division Engineers Headquarters for duty


Aug 11, 1916

Transferred to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers


Oct 30, 1916

Admitted to a field ambulance sick


Nov 2, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Nov 16, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 21, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Feb 3, 1917

Rejoined the unit from leave


Oct 30, 1917

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Engineers for duty


Nov 6, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the 2nd Canadian Engineers


Dec 9, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 25, 1917

Returned from leave


Dec 28, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), that is a fever with no known cause


Jan 4, 1918

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Jan 12, 1918

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment No. 1 for being insolent to an NCO


Jun 4, 1918

Transferred to the 4th Battalion Canadian Engineers


Jan 12, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 29, 1919

Granted an extension to his leave


Feb 6, 1919

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Apr 9, 1919

Proceeded to England


Apr 10, 1919

Attached to “N” Wing at the Canadian Concentration Camp, Witley pending return to Canada


Apr 16, 1919

Medical Board at Witley notes

Ø  Patient suffers from Hypermetropia (far sightedness)

Ø  Has had condition since childhood and wears glasses to improve condition

Ø  Condition is permanent and not caused by his service


May 13, 1919

Embarked the SS Northland in Liverpool



May 23, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Montreal, Quebec and posted to the No. 4 District Depot


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Montreal, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Sapper

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 298611

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 413 Sheridan St., Peterborough, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 257 Monmouth Rd., Walkerville, Ontario


Robert George Gardner is remembered on the
Peterborough, Ontario Wall of Honour



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