Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant John Charles Gardom

Photo of John Charles Gardom
House and time at Malvern: No 6, 1899 - 1903.

Regiment: Essex Regt.
Died: 06 August 1915 aged 31 in Turkey. Killed in action in Gallipoli.
Battle: Gallipoli Campaign. Cemetery: Twelve Tree Copse, Dardenelles C 117

Born: 7th April 1884, Hill Crest, Theydon Bois. Son o f Charles Henry and Annette Emily Gardom, Hylands, Forest Road, Walthamstow and Longfield Cottage, Tadworth, Surrey.
Lower V-VI. School Prefect. XL Cricket.
Stock Exchange.
12th Bn. attd. 1st Bn Essex Regiment.
Gold Medal Skater of the National Skating Association in 1911.

'At the outbreak of the war he joined H. M. forces, and was sent out to the Dardanelles as Lieut, of the 12th Bn. of the Essex Regt. Reported as missing in August last, under circumstances which seemed to admit of no real doubt as to his fate, he was not officially reported as killed until January of this year. He was a boy of singular charm and cheeriness of manner, and extremely popular at school.' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).

War Service:
England: 6th August 1914 to 16th Sep 1914.
Embarked from Southampton: 17 Sep 1914.
Exhaustion: 6 Dec 1914.
Returned to Duty: 9 Dec 1914.
Appointed temp 2nd Lieut and left for England: 9 Jan 1915.
Gallipoli Campaign. 1915.

Following is a statement concerning his death from Cpl W. Challis:
'Mr Gardom was in charge of my platoon on the 6th August. We were ordered to take a T.T. (Turkish Trench) at No Manís Land in front H. 12 Achi Baba. I saw Mr Gardom jump into the T.T. with three men. Only one of the four returned and he told me that the other two men and Mr Gardom were killed, Mr Gardom being shot in the arm and mouth and again just as he was actually jumping into the trench. '

Service record:WO 339/19869