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Eng. Lt-Commr. Thomas Gardner (1889-1928)

1928 Obituary [1]

Eng. Lt.-Commr. THOMAS GARDNER, D.S.C., R.N., ret., was born at Portsmouth in 1889, and served on board H.M.S. "Fisgard " as a boy artificer from 1904 to 1908.

From 1908 to 1915 he served as an engine-room artificer on board various naval ships, and from 1916 to 1918 was engineer in charge of the engines of submarines. He served in a similar capacity on board larger vessels until in April 1922 he was invalided from the Royal Navy and became a lecturer in engineering subjects at the Juvenile Instructional Centre at the Municipal College, Portsmouth.

In 1927 he proceeded to South Africa, where he obtained the post of woodwork instructor at St. Cuthbert's Mission, Tsolo, Cape Province.

He died on 6th July 1928 from a gun-shot wound accidentally inflicted.

Lt.-Commr. Gardner became an Associate Member of the Institution in 1925.

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