Who was Mr. Gardner?

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Who was Mr. Gardner?

Post by Mixpal » Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:15 am


While trying to find a young man by the name of Gardner (plus all the spelling variations)
who went to Australia, I came across the VC winner William Gardner 1821-1897.
Was able to find his wife & children from his grave site, but have not found his parents and siblings.
Does anybody know who they were? Cheers Mixpal

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Re: Who was Mr. Gardner?

Post by AndrewP » Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:41 am

Hi Mixpal,

There are various online references to William Gardener VC DCM (1821-1897). He was born in Nemphlar, Lanarkshire (in Lanark parish). He died in Bothwell, Lanarkshire 24 October 1897. His V.C. was awarded for an act of bravery on 05 May 1858 during the Indian Mutiny (1857-1858).


http://www.vconline.org.uk/william-gard ... 4586759116

http://www.lordashcroftmedals.com/colle ... ardner-vc/


https://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/ ... ardner.htm

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/813 ... am-gardner


In 2007 or 2008 (depending which webpage you read), his VC and other medals were sold by his great-grandson to the Ashcroft Collection, which is on display at the Imperial War Museum in London. The £135000 raised by selling the medals was paid to several charities for ex-servicemen.

His death certificate says that William Gardner V.C., pensioner, formerly Quarter-Master and Sergeant (42nd Regiment of foot, Black Watch) and [volunteeer?] Drill Instructor died at 11:05am on 24 October 1897, aged 76 years, at Anchorage Lodge, Bothwell and was the son of Daniel Gardner (general labourer, deceased) and Agnes Gardner (m.s. Scott, deceased). He had been married twice: to (1) Isabella Thomson and (2) Margaret Watson. The death was registered by his son David Gardener of 132 Bank Street, Kirkcaldy.

In the 1841 census, his parents were still at Nemphlar with three of his siblings (Jane, George and Margaret) and another youngster (James Prentice), but no sign of William. The online IGI shows no baptismal records for the family, but various submitted entries - for the three children shown on the 1841 census and one other (John) - still no sign of William.

All the best,


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Re: Who was Mr. Gardner?

Post by Mixpal » Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:30 am

Thank you AndrewP. So much info.
Was wondering if there was another son born after that William who migrated before 1850.
It couldn't have been George as he was still in Scotland in 1851.
That family would understandably be very proud of William.

However, there are still some more candidates to ask about! Thanks again, Mixpal

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