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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918



Lance-Sgt G Garner, 7th Battalion, Wounded, Essendon Gazette 20 May 1915.


Garner G    Lance Sgt    411    George  Godfrey            7 Inf Bn    23    Carpenter    Single    Pres        

Address:    Moonee Ponds, Normanby St, 21    

Next of Kin:    Garner, William, 21 Normanby St, Moonee Ponds    

Enlisted:    17 Aug 1914        

Embarked:     A20 Hororata 19 Oct 1914    


Relatives on Active Service:

Garner A W Cpl 960 brother


Date of death:  14/07/1915



LANCE-SERGEANT G GARNER (wounded) is a son of Mr W R Garner, inspector of factories, and formerly truant inspector.  Another son of Mr Garner has joined the Expeditionary Force.

Extract courtesy of Kim Phillips Spirits of Gallipoli.


Essendon Gazette 13 May 1915


Local Casualty List

Lance-Corporal G. Garner (wounded) was a resident of 21 Normanby street, Moonee Ponds. His father is Mr. W F. Garner, of that address.





Image courtesy of Kim Phillips of The Spirits of Gallipoli. 


(died of wounds) was buried at sea, five miles off Gaba Tepe.  He was 24 years of age, and son of Mr William Garner of Mount Alexander road, Moonee Ponds, who has two other sons at the front, one of whom has been  wounded. 


Sergeant Gardner was wounded at the original landing, but returned to the front.  The manner in which he sustained the wounds from which he died, and the courage he showed are described in a letter to Councillor Henderson of Essendon, from Lieut-Colonel [Elliott], his commanding officer.  The letter is as follows.


"Another Essendon man, Sergeant George Garner, exhibited great courage and calmness, which won him the admiration of the brigade.  He was severely wounded the first day,  but rejoined last week.  He had only been back a day or two, but had done so well (as he had done at the first landing) that I was about to have him recommended for a commission (I had already made him full sergeant.)  One evening he was struck by a 6in  howitzer shell.   One leg was torn off above the knee, and the other was smashed to pulp below the knee. He was picked up and brought along the trenches to the  doctor. 


He was perfectly calm and conscious, smoking a cigarette and greeting everyone he met with a jest.  None could believe he was badly hurt until the doctor examined his wounds.  The doctor hastily bandaged his wounds, ad as he finished, Garner said, quite cheerfully, "Well, doctor - have I got even a fair sporting chance?"  The doctor was quite affected as he replied  - "Old chap, you have - a very good chance with a spirit like that".  I have not heard how he got on.  All these cases are taken at once out to the hospital ships, and we know nothing of what becomes of them.  The wounds were so severe, however, that not even a sporting chance remained".


Extract courtesy of Kim Phillips, Spirits of Gallipoli.


For an account with slightly more details go to:  

BENDIGO MILITARY OFFICERS. (1918, May 23). Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 13. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89089373


Essendon Gazette 19 August 1915


L-Sgt  Garner (died of wounds) was 24 years old and enlisted with the First Expeditionary Force, B Company, 7th Battalion. He was wounded on the day of landing and was returned to Heliopolis Hospital, Egypt;  went to the front again on the 3rd of July, was wounded and died of wounds on the 14th July. He had formerly served three years with the old 5th Regiment of Infantry, and was  always a very keen soldier. His  younger brother is now in Egypt, under Colonel Crouch.


Essendon Boys Eulogised
An officer at the front in a letter received this week by Cr J F

Henderson, of Moonee Ponds, makes the following references

to the good work done by lads from the Essendon district at


Lieutenant Kenneth Walker repeatedly distinguished himself

under fire, particularly by rescuing men buried in the trenches

by the Turkish shell fire, and by leading a party of bomb
throwers to eject Turks who had seized one of our trenches. It was
while rescuing some of the men of the 6th Battalion that he was

wounded. Another man, Sergeant George Gardner (sic) exhibited great

courage and calmness which won the admiration of the Brigade.

"An Essendon boy who has done excellent work In the fighting lines, is
Lance-Corporal R K Ransom. He is always cool and ready to volunteer
for any job, however dangerous. Sergeants Charlie Cowan and G A
Gilchrist are doing very well. Had they been a little older they would
have received commissions before this. Lance-Corporal P Hoare has just
been slightly wounded.

ESSENDON BOYS EULOGISED (1915, September 4). The Herald

(Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), p. 8. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article242416292


Mentioned in correspondence:

Lt Colonel H E Ellliott to J F Henderson, Mayor of Essendon Essendon Gazette  2 Sep 1915


Portland RSL (sub branch), cnr of Percy and Gawler Sts, Portland. This tablet is on

the wall of entry porch accessible. Courtesy of Jan Colliver, 1915.



War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall F-L

Ascot Vale Methodist Church*

Knox Presbyterian Church* [G G]

Moonee Ponds West State School*

Portland War Memorial   *

Patriotic Concert 1914

Anzac Honoured Dead 14 Jul 1915

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour DOW

“Send off to the Essendon Boys”



In Memoriam


GARNER - Died of wounds at the Dardanelles, on 14th July, Lance-Sergeant G G Garner,

7th Battalion, 1st AIF, dearly loved eldest son of William and Mary Garner, of Normanby

Street, Moonee Ponds, aged 24 years.

Extract courtesy of Kim Phillips, Spirits of Gallipoli 1915



GARNER - A tribute to the memory of our friend, L-Sgt G Garner, killed at Gallipoli

on July 14, 1915.  (Inserted by the members of the Maribyrnong Ladies' Cricket


Extract courtesy of Kim Phillips, Spirits of Gallipoli.



Letter from William Alexander Cadwallader of the Ancient Order of Foresters, seeking proof of death

for a number of local members, to pay a funeral benefit to the families. The soldiers mentioned are

Lance Sergt George Godfrey Garner, Private Francis James Laurence Seely, and Private John Blundell


(died of wounds) was the son of Mr Garner,
of 21 Normanby street, Moonee Ponds,
and was 24 years of age. He was wounded
on the day of landing and was sent to the
Heliopolis Hospital in Egypt. He went
to the front again on July 3 and died of
wounds the same day. He had formerly
served three years with the old 5th Regi-
ment Infantry and was always a very keen
soldier. His younger brother is now in
Egypt with Colonel Crouch.
The Argus Friday 13 August 1915


GARNER.-A tribute to the memory of our friend,

Sergeant George, died of wounds, 14th July,


His duty nobly done.

-(Inserted by A. and E. Latham, Mrs. M.



GARNER.-In loving memory of Sergeant George

Garner, who died at sea, of wounds received at

Gallipoli, on 14th July, 1915; also a tribute to the

memory of his friends, Charlie Scharness and

George Greig, both killed in action.

What if to-morrow's cares were here  

Within its rest!  

I'd rather He unlocked the day,

And, as the hours swing open, say,

"My will is best."    

-(lnserted by his loving parents, brothers,

and sisters.)     

The Argus 14 July 1917



GARNER. - ln loving memory of Sergeant George
Garner, died of wounds, July I4, 1915.
Ever remembered.
-(F.R., Westoe, Netherlee street, East   Malvern.)

The Argus 13 July 1918



GARNER. — In loving memory of George, Sgt., 7th
Battalion, died of wounds at Gallipoli, 14th July, 1915;
also little Ronnie, died 16th May, 1919, eldest and
youngest sons of William and Mary Garner, Ballarat,
late Moonee Ponds.
They are gathering, slowly gathering
In the fair and fadeless land;
And the number groweth larger,
Waiting for us on the strand.
-(Inserted by father, mother, brothers, and

GARNER. - In loving memory of Sgt. George Gar-
ner, who died of wounds received at Gallipoli
on 14th July, 1915.
"Not as I will, but as Thou wilt."
-(Inserted by V. E. Ward, Haven.)

The Argus 14 July 1919



GARNER-In loving memory of our dear son,
Sgt George G Garner, 7th Batt, killed at Gallipoli,
14th July 1915.
Ever remembered     
(Inserted by his parents, sisters and brothers )

The Argus 15 July 1920



GARNER -In loving memory of George, eldest
son of William and Mary Garner, killed at Gallipoli,
14th July, 1915, also Ronnie, who died of illness
at Ballarat, 16th May, 1919.
Ever remembered.
- (Inserted by father, mother, brothers, and sisters,

The Argus 14 July 1921



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