Ystalyfera Fallen

War Graves & Remembrance Graves

George Gardiner

The information on George Gardiner comes principally from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the Labour Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

NameGeorge Gardiner
Date of Death27th December 1917
Place of DeathBelfast
Age at Death32
Unit and RegimentArmy Service Corps
RankDriver
Service NumberT/13939
Additional InformationSon of the late William and Elizabeth Gardiner.
Husband of C. Hanford (formerly Gardiner) of 9, Heol-y-felin, Graig, Blaengwynfi, Port Talbot, Glam.
Born in Herefordshire. Enlisted in Pontardawe. Lived at Ystalyfera Clifton Terrace.
CemeteryALLTWEN WELSH CONGREGATIONAL CHAPELYARD - ALLTWEN PONTARDAWE UK; Ref: Block 4 Row 4 No. 41
Remembrance Grave  
Memorial
Local MemorialsYstalyfera War Memorial
Carved Doors at St. Peters Church Pontardawe
Pontardawe War Memorial, at the junction of Herbert Street and Holly Street.
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George Gardiner
To the left is the war grave in Alltwen Welsh Congregational Chapelyard

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 9th June 1917 :-

Driver George Gardiner, A.S.C., of Clifton Hill Ystalyfera, is now at Lincoln Hospital, recovering from wounds received in France. He was employed at the Diamond Colliery before enlistment.

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 5th January 1918 :-

The funeral took place with military honours on Wednesday of Driver G. Gardiner, of the A.S.C., formerly of Ystalyfera, who died on Thursday last at Belfast. The body was conveyed to his wifeís home at Alltwen and the interment took place on Wednesday as stated. Deceased, who was 33 years of age, was formerly employed at the Diamond Colliery, Ystradgynlais and was a native of Herefordshire. The cortege was headed by the band of the 3rd G. V. R. under the conductorship of Mr. Llew Lewis, bandmaster, the band playing the "Dead March". A firing party of the Royal Defence Corps under Sergeant followed, after which came the coffin draped with the Union Jack and deceasedís side arms and helmet. The soldier bearers were in charge of Corporal Kershaw and a good number of the local wounded who marched in the procession. The Revs. Llew J. Bowyer, W. J. Rees and Ben Davies Pantteg were the officiating ministers. At the Chapel the Rev. W. J. Rees preached a short sermon and the hymns Yn ydyfroedd mawr a'r tonau and O fryniau Caersalem were sung. Mr. E. Hughes-Davies deputy organist presided at the organ and played The Dead March.
The chief mourners: were Mrs. C. Gardiner (wife); Blodwen Elizabeth Irene, William, Lewis and Herbert George Gardiner (brother); Mr. and Mrs. F. Perkins (brother in law and sister); Mr. and Mrs. Bentley (brother in law and sister); Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lewis and Mr. and Mrs. William Lewis.
There was also a number of floral tributes. Mr. Sl. Thomas, Alltwen, was the undertaker.

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