Lewes George Gardner

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Commander (retired) Lewes George Gardner, R.N. (20 November, 1886 – 22 April, 1957) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Sandy, Bedford.

His first appointment was in the armoured cruiser Leviathan on the China Station on 15 September, 1903. After switching the Sutlej in January, 1905, gardner was appointed to the battleship Jupiter of the Channel Squadron on 17 May, 1906.[1]

Gardner was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1909.[2]

Great War

Gardner was in Agamemnon when the war broke out, having been appointed in her in March, 1914. Gardner was mentioned in despatches for service in the evacuation of Gallipoli in March of 1916. He left Agamemnon when he was appointed in command of the destroyer Colne on 9 May, 1916.[3]

Gardner was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1917.[4]

Gardner was appointed in command of the destroyer Munster on 16 September, 1918.[5]

Post-War

Gardner was appointed in command of the destroyer Tenedos on 13 November, 1919.[6]

He married Violet Amy Calero Hale on 5 May, 1920.[7]

In 1920, he lost a torpedo in Valorous and was told to be more careful in future.[8]

In 1925, he began a year in charge of inactive destroyers and then commenced a short course at Excellent. At the end of 1926, he began work as an instructor for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Superseded at the end of July in 1928, Gardner was appointed to Dauntless on reducing. He left her on 20 May, 1929.[9]

Gardner was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 4 November, 1929.[10]

World War II

Gardner was mobilised on28 September, 1938. In August, 1939 he was made Maintenance Commander, Dover. Superseded on 8 September, 1941, he was made Royal Naval Officer, Scarborough, vice Ewart (?).[11]

In 1942, he transitioned to a training capacity. He reverted to the Retired List on 11 January, 1946 and was granted permission to visit Australia for a period estimated to be two years.[12]

Gardner died on 22 April, 1957 in Perth, Western Australia. His wife died 7 June, 1969 in West Perth.[13]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Theodore E. J. Bigg
Captain of H.M.S. Colne
9 May, 1916[14][15] – 7 Jul, 1917[16]
Succeeded by
Arthur C. Allen
Preceded by
Leveson G. B. A. Campbell
Captain of H.M.S. Renard
7 Jul, 1917[17][18] – Sep, 1918[19]
Succeeded by
Russell Grenfell
Preceded by
Valentine M. Wyndham-Quin
Captain of H.M.S. Munster
16 Sep, 1918[20][21] – 21 Mar, 1919[22]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Edward S. Graham
Captain of H.M.S. Teazer
21 Mar, 1919[23][24] – 1 Oct, 1919[25]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Richard M. Welby
Captain of H.M.S. Salmon
1 Oct, 1919[26][27] – 13 Nov, 1919[28]
Succeeded by
John S. Prescott-Roberts
Preceded by
Francis T. Hare
Captain of H.M.S. Tenedos
13 Nov, 1919[29][30] – 1 Jul, 1921[31]
Succeeded by
Alan F. W. Howard
Preceded by
Somerville P. B. Russell
Captain of H.M.S. Venomous
14 Jul, 1921[32] – Oct, 1923[33]
Succeeded by
Donal S. McGrath
Preceded by
Donal S. McGrath
Captain of H.M.S. Sportive
Oct, 1923[34] – 29 Nov, 1923[35]
Succeeded by
Godfrey R. Chambers

Footnotes

  1. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  2. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  3. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  4. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 849.
  6. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 872.
  7. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  8. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  9. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  10. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  11. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  12. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  13. Email from Greg Scannell to Tony Lovell 19 April, 2017, citing Karrakatta Cemetery records.
  14. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  15. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 393d.
  16. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  17. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  18. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 397j.
  19. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  20. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  21. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 849.
  22. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  23. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  24. The Navy List. (October, 1919). p. 915.
  25. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  26. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  27. The Navy List. (November, 1919). p. 901.
  28. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  29. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  30. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 872.
  31. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  32. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 828.
  33. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  34. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.
  35. Gardner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/60. f. 66.