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Wolverhampton Chronicle 20 October 1915

Wolverhampton Chronicle 20 October 1915

According to the article that appeared in the Wolverhampton Chronicle on 20 October 1915, Graham Gardner was a prominent sportsman in Wolverhampton. Whilst at the Higher Grade School he competed in school swimming championships in 1907 and 1908, along with Wolverhampton championships. He also played for a number of seasons with Old Church Football Club.

He enlisted in the 3rd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment in August 1914. During his training he was promoted to sergeant, but in order to get to the Front sooner he relinquished a stripe to join the 2nd Battalion. His actions on the field soon earned him promotion to sergeant again. He was killed in action on 25 September 1915, ordering his men to “Follow the officers.” According to the article, he was 22 years of age, but I have been unable to find a record of his birth, presumably because of the various possible spellings of his name. Two photographs of him with his football team (including one photograph taken at the rear of our building, the Molineux Hotel), feature in Roy Hawthorne & Jim Dowdall’s book, Images of Wolverhampton, although no further details about him are included. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.

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