1. Memorial:Chatham Naval Memorial21 Kent
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.123
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour35D GQS

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Early Life :

Born at Rawel Pindi, India, in 1878. Married Annie (later wife of John William Nye), of 5 Grosvenor Tee, The Tram Rd, Folkestone. He was a Master Mariner in the pre-war period.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: HMS Juno 

HMS Juno was an Eclipse-class cruiser of Britain's Royal Navy. Juno was assigned to the 11th Cruiser Squadron operating from Ireland. In 1915 she was sent to the Persian Gulf and, in 1918, to the West Indies. Juno was sold for scrap in 1920. In 1902 Juno was commanded by David Beatty.

Action : Accident 

Accidents were a minor factor in the casualty list. Our definition is deaths resulting from activities that were not directly associated with 'active service'. We have excluded Naval Accidents which are seperately identified because of their numbers and impact. Many accidents involved the aviators, operating at the the limits of technology.

Detail :

Drowned aboard HMS Juno. The ship's log shows for the 26th February 1917:

"On patrol
Lat 26.0, Long 56.9
4.19am: Signalled RIMS KAVARI
8.45am to 9.45am: Chas J Gardiner AB, RFR ON 179422 missed between stated hours. [Added in a different hand below]. Finding at court. Drowned by falling overboard. (Naval History site has the following: GARDINER, Charles J, Able Seaman (RFR B 2317), 179422 (Ch), Juno, 26 February 1917, drowned. Commonwealth War Graves website lists his memorial as Chatham Naval Memorial]
10.55am: Passed & signalled SS ZAYANI
12.0N Signalled HMS BRAMBLE
2.40pm: Signalled HS ELLORA
5.51pm: Closing HMS BRAMBLE. Stopped & reversed engines, lowered 2nd cutter to recover one bag mail fallen overboard for HMS PHILOMEL
9.28pm: Altered course to intercept & signal SS PANDUA
Number on sick list = 12"

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Military Jubilee No. 2195 E.C.East Kent

28th September 1910
26th October 1910
23rd November 1910

His record in the register of the Lodge at the United Grand Lodge of England shows payments to end 1916 and then, "Died 28.2.17"

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