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Name Joseph Gardiner
Nick Name  
Last Known Address Beechwood Terrace, Sunderland.
Family Circumstances Married with 8 children.

Unit of Service 3rd Bn East Yorkshire Regiment.         Royal Engineers.
Number and Rank 3/5697 Private.                                   208965 2nd Corporal.
Date & Place of Death 28th July 1980. Sunderland. Aged 89.
Grave Location
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Where Commemorated
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Details of any Medals, conflict, training or operations which the deceased had participated in during service.

From the evidence of records Joseph served mostly in France and Salonika in Greece, The Salonika Campaign was aimed at driving back the offensive of the Austro-Hungarian army which wanted to invade Greece through Serbia and Macedonia

Joseph was awarded the following Medals:

             1914/ 15 Star.                                             Victory Medal,                                  The War Medal


Other general information. online links, images etc.

Joseph was born in Sunderland on 10th November 1891.

He worked as a Rivet Heater in the shipyards

In 1910 Joseph joined the East Yorkshire Regiment as a Specialist Reservist. In August 1914 the Regiment was mobilised due to the outbreak of WW1.

In 1916 Joseph was transferred to The Royal Engineers and spent much of his time with 32 Railway Company ending up as a Second Corporal. This rank was appointed in the unit by the Commanding Officer.

During his service Joseph qualified as a Boilermaker.

The Link below tells you more about the work of The Light Railway Company's


Railway Companies


After discharge Joseph was placed on the Reserve for 6 years and later in life he went on to open Gardiner Bookmakers in the Sunderland area.


Below is the 1911 Census showing Joseph living with his Mother and Step Father.


Census Summary.

Name:Joseph Gardiner

Age in 1911:19

Estimated birth year:abt 1892

Relation to Head:Stepson


Birth Place:Sunderland, Durham

Street address:1 Bennett St Sunderland

Marital Status:Single

Occupation:Rivet Heater. Shipyard.



Robert Moore


Margaret Moore


Joseph Gardiner


Elizabeth Gardiner


Thomas Gardiner


Alfred Gardiner


Robert Moore


Frederick Moore




The photo below shows Joseph in uniform.

It is believed to have been taken in 1918 or 1919 as he has 4 stripes on his lower right sleeve

which is one for each year served abroad.

Below is Josephs Attestation to the Reserves in 1910.



Below is Josephs Service Record showing his Medal entitlement.

Additional information would have been added at a later date to complete the original 1914 record.



Below is a full record of Josephs Service.





















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