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George Gardiner

Portrait (kindly provided by family) - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait (kindly provided by family) - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    George AWMM
  • Surname
    Gardiner AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Gardener AWMM
    • George AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 16/587 AWMM
    • VX38674 AWMM
    • V85818 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 February 1894 AWMM TaurangaBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 6 February 1915 AWMM Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 22 August 1940 AWMM Albury Camp, Royal Park, Victoria, Australia AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Karehana Gardener (father), Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
    • Callaghan Gardiner (father), Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • France and Germany (TBC) AWMM
    • Western Desert AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • WWI: 1st NZ Maori Contingent; WWII: 2/23 Australian Infantry Btn Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 26 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Service number
    • WWI 16/587 AWMM
    • VX38674 AWMM
    • V85818 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Tauranga Cadets AWMM
    • WWI: 1915-1919; WWII: 1940-1941 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 26 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      13 stone AWMM
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      cataract left eye AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
      peritonitis AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • George Gardiner was the son of Karehana and Rewa Gardiner of Tauranga, New Zealand.

    Husband of Mary Gardiner. Father of Darcy Herbert Gardiner (WW2 800706)

    Promoted from the ranks to Second Lieutenant on 29 February 1918 (Studholme 1928).

    Quartermaster of Canterbury Mounted Rifles (Studholme 1928).

    Died from acute peritonitis following a gun shot wound to the abdomen in 1941.

    There is some confusion as to the exact date of George Gardiner's birth. His second enlistment in the Australian Army notes his date of birth as 3 August 1903. However, his original enlistment details in the New Zealand Army gives it as 1 February 1894. The New Zealand Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes do not show a birth for 1894 but do for 1902. Therefore, his true age at the time of his death is either 37 or 47, but unlikely to be 43 as officially recorded. Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    18 May 1941 AWMM
    LibyaNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya AWMM 15.F.4. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • From your great grand daughter Maree : you are not forgotten x
    Public - Maree - Direct descendant - 24 April 2019

  • Hi from Ireland,

    Just encountered George's site while researching the Serbian award of Cross
    of Karageorge. My grand uncle, who served with the New Zealand Engineers,
    was also awarded this decoration in 1916. Not forgotten.
    Public - Martin - Researcher - 3 September 2017
  • I am Evelyn, daughter of Parata Ngatai Gardiner, who was a son of George Gardiner.
    Public - Evelyn Margaret Dudley nee Gardiner - Direct descendant - 26 April 2017
  • In memory of George Gardiner from his grandson Darcy (father - George Augustine) and his wife (Alison) and kids (George's great grand-kids - Tiana & Leon).
    Public - Darcy Alison Tiana Leon - Other Relative - 21 April 2015

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  • External links
  • References
    • Pugsley, C. (1995). Te Hokowhitu a Tu : the Maori Pioneer Battalion in the first World War. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM
    • Studholme, J. (1928). New Zealand Expeditionary Force record of personal services during the war of officers, nurses, and first-class warrant officers, and other facts relating to the N.Z.E.F. : unofficial but based on official records. Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
      p. 124. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 254 AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
      p. 112. AWMM
    • Cowan, J. (1926). The Maoris in the Great War. Auckland, N.Z.: Maori Regimental Committee by Whitcombe & Tombs. AWMM
      Cowan, J. (1926). p. 173. AWMM
    • Oldham, G. & Delahunt, B. (1991). Orders, Decorations and Medals Awarded to New Zealanders - an illustrated guide for collectors. Auckland, N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      p. 103 AWMM
    • New Zealand. Army. 1st Maori Contingent. Scroll of the 1st New Zealand Maori Contingent, 1915. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-624. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
24 April 2019MareeTauranga, New ZealandDirect descendant
03 September 2017MartinIrelandResearcher
12 August 2017Brian Wollongong NSW AustraliaDirect descendant
26 April 2017Evelyn Margaret Dudley nee GardinerStratforn New ZealandDirect descendant
26 March 2016Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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