Southam in WW1

Centenary Archive

Honouring those who died and all who served


Private Frank Gardner

Frank was born in 1894 and 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.[1] His brothers Bertie, Ernest, and John were also listed. They were four of the six sons of lime worker Alfred Gardner and his wife Annie of Appendix Street.

By 1915 Annie had been a widow for a decade. Before the war Frank worked as a labourer and lived with his mother in Coventry Street.

Private Frank Gardner served from early in the war so is likely to have been awarded the 1914/15 Star, and the Victory and British medals.

[1] Warwick Advertiser 1st May 1915.