Captain Harry Gardiner, DSO

Captain Harry Gardiner, DSO

Captain Henry Gardiner, born at Alva on 31 May 1873, was the son of James Gardiner, a Mechanic, and Margaret Gardiner, 16 Stirling Street, Alva, later Warriston Villa, Dean Crescent, Stirling.

After school, he was employed as a Mill Manager's Apprentice.

On 13 November 1915, the Alloa Advertiser reported:

Captain Harry Gardiner, DSO

We are pleased to notice in the list of awards to officers for distinguished service in the field, which was published a few days ago, the name of Captain Harry Gardiner, 2nd Battalion the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), attached 8th Battalion, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

For conspicuous gallantry and determination during operations at Sulva Bay, Gallipoli Peninsula, on August 8th, 1915. He continued to lead his men forward after being wounded twice, and only gave up after being wounded a third time.

Captain Gardiner is a son of Mrs Gardiner, Warriston Villa, Dean Crescent, Stirling, formerly of Alva. He was educated at Alva and Dollar Institution, and has relatives residing in Alva and Tillicoultry. He obtained his commission 18 years ago in the Inniskilling Fusiliers (Militia), from which he passed into the regular army two years later, being posted to the West Riding Regiment. He has seen service in India and, Burmah and West Africa. At Sulva Bay, where he was thrice wounded, the last time severely, he distinguished himself under the most trying conditions, and the honour which has just been conferred upon him is well merited. He has been the recipient of many congratulations from brother officers and men, one also coming from the wounded of the 8th Battalion, and his many Stirling, Alva and Tillicoultry friends will join very cordially in those good wishes.

Suvla 1915
British soldiers on the shore at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, August 1915. Goggle free images.