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Gardner, Alfred Linton

The many friends of Alfred Linton Gardner will be grieved to learn of his death, which took place during the recent fighting in France.

Born in Ilfracombe in 1882, the son of the late John T. Gardner, a practitioner of that town, he followed his father and two uncles as a student at Guy’s Hospital, entering in the year 1901. He was dresser for Sir Arbuthnot Lane and Mr. Dunn, and, after qualifying, became Assistant Medical Officer at the Sick Asylum, Bromley-by-Bow, where he stayed for about one year, and then, having married, Muriel, the only daughter of the Rev. J. Pullein Thompson, settled in the family practice at Ilfracombe.

Wherever he went Alfred Gardner endeared himself to all by his charming manner and by his gentle, unselfish and sympathetic nature. He was a musician of no mean merit; a brilliant pianist and a composer of quite good music. In addition to composing the music for the Guy’s theatricals for three years in succession, he brought out a quintet for strings and a fugue, which were performed in a west-end concert hall, and he was assistant organist at Christ Church, Chelsea. In spite of his great talent as a musician, however, he was always ready to indulge his audience in any music to their taste, and, as the present writer knows from experience was a most inspiring accompanist.

In January, 1917, he joined the R.A.M.C., and immediately was sent to France, and while on temporary duty with the 4th North Staffs. Regt., was killed on the 10th of April while reposing in a cellar which served as the regimental aid post of his battalion.

He leaves a widow to mourn his loss, and one little son. Guy’s Hospital Reports Vol LXX, War Memorial No and Guy’s Hospital Gazette 18 May, 1918


First name(s)Alfred Linton
Date of birth1882
Place of birthIlfracombe
Family detailsSon of Dr. J. T. and Mrs. Gardner, of Ilfracombe, Devon; husband of Emily Muriel Gardner (Pullein-Thompson), of St. Olafs, Ilfracombe
Previous educationIlfracombe College
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1901-1912
Dept / coursePreliminary Scientific; M.B. London
QualificationsL.R.C.P, M.R.C.S. 1912
Military unitR.A.M.C., 107th Field Amb.; South Staffordshire Regiment, attd 4th Bn.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death10 April 1918
Age at death36
Rank at deathCaptain
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeVarennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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