Norman Leslie Gardner

First Name: 
Norman
Middle Name: 
Leslie
Last Name: 
Gardner
Date of Birth: 
Wednesday, June 7, 1893
Mother's Name: 
Mary Gardner nee Gibson
Father's Name: 
James Gardner
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, August 28, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
55th Battalion
Company: 
D
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Saturday, March 21, 1964
Place of Death: 
Bankstown, N.S.W.
Details: 

Norman Gardner (Service No 3513) was born in Durham, England, and came to Australia with his family in 1912.

At enlistment Norman was single, 22 years old, worked as a tram conductor and lived in Wollongong, N.S.W.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A60 Aeneas with 8th Reinforcements, 17 Battalion, on 20th December 1915.  After arriving in Egypt he was transferred to D Company, 55th Battalion on 16th February 1916.  He arrived in France on 29th March 1916 and was sent to Fromelles with the Battalion.  

The Battalion was in action on 20th July 1916 when Norman was taken prisoner after being wounded with injuries to the head from a bombing.  His wound was treated and he spent the war in a German POW camp in Germany.

Repatriated to England in December 1918, Norman chose to remain in England and was given permission to engage in employment for 3 months from March till June 1919.  

Norman returned to Australia in July 1919 and was discharged soon after arriving home.

In 1920 he married Gertrude Souter in Wollongong.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, GARDNER N L

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