Private Albert John (Bertie) Gardner
Bertie Gardner was a former pupil of Southam Council School. His name was announced in the Warwick Advertiser in May 1915 on a list of thirty-five serving men who were former scholars. His brothers John, Ernest and Frank were also listed. They were the sons of lime worker Alfred Gardner and his wife Annie of Appendix Street. By 1915 Annie had been a widow for a decade.
Bertie was born in 1896 and his father died when he was only eight-years old. Several years after he had enlisted, aged just twenty-one, he married Matilda J. Delabie.
All the brothers survived the war but nothing is known of Bertie’s military service and post-war career. He would have been awarded three medals: 1914/15 Star, Victory and British medals.
Below is a photograph of the school in around 1910. Bertie and some of his brothers are likely to be shown.
 Warwick Advertiser 1st May 1915.