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Soldiers Discharged to Pension/Reserve: 1913-1920 (continued) - GANDER and GANDAR

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Notes:

The National Archives at Kew has a complete database index to all W097 Discharges between 1760-1854. For the 1883-1899 and 1900-1913 periods listed below, the coverage of GANDER and GANDAR is probably complete. However for the periods before and after these dates my coverage is not complete.

These erratic notes are (mostly) my own, taken down at the time for the genealogical information as I saw it. The discharge files contain much more information.

NOK = Next of Kin

WO364/4914 (/5220?)
Frederick GANDER: 5588 (?3388) 3/3 Battalion London Regiment, later 252565 3rd London Regiment Private. 70 Sutton Street, Cable Street, Stepney. Enlisted on 7 Feb 1915 aged 25 years 10 months; (also an address given: '19 Wellesley Street, Stepney E.'). Trade: Carpenter, Single; height 5 feet 4.5 inches, 116lbs and 34 inches chest. Teeth 'decayed and defective'. Birthplace: St.Georges, Mdx. NOK: Emily GANDER Mother: 70 Sutton Street, St.Georges. Posted 14 Feb 1917. Invaliding debility: GSW (Gun Shot Wound?) 16 (or 13?) May 1917 'Bullecourt, France' - wounded on left elbow joint 'prevents extension beyond 95 degrees, soundly healed'. Discharged 31 Aug 1917 'no longer physically fit'; 'Good character'. Age on Discharge: '27 years 0 months'. 'Fresh complexion, grey eyes, dark hair'. Address on discharge: '90 Sutton Street, Commercial Road, London E.' Lived 18 Perth Street, Stepney on 15 Nov 1918.

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Frederick Allan GANDER: 17139 Guardsman (Private) 1st Coldstream Gds. Enlisted 2 Nov 1915 aged 35 years 9days. Single. Former Trade: Bricklayer. Born Woodmancote, Ssx. NOK: father, Harry GANDER. Previous employer: Frank DIKE, Builders Court, Steyning, Ssx. Noted spent 2 years in France. Transferred to Reserve 8 Feb 1919, Pension rejected. Intended Place of Residence: Charlton Cottage, Steyning, Ssx. Admitted hospital 31 Aug 1918 and Discharged Hospital 9 Nov 1918 with Synoritis - right knee.

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Frend GANDER: 428699 Sapper 426 Reserve Field Company. Royal Engineers. Enlisted 27 Nov 1915 aged 34 years 3 months. 5 feet 6 inches, Church of England. Married: Eliza BAILEY, spinster 28.(?7) 1904. Child: Leslie Frend GANDER born 8 Aug 1905 Battle. Former Trade: Bricklayer and Postman. Born 24 Aug 1881. Age on Commencement of Pension: 35. Intended Place of Residence: 44 Camperdown Street, Sidley, Bexhill. Discharged 20 Apr 1917 'no longer physically fit' (Seemed to have suffered from bronchitis all his life and whilst in the Army).

WO364/5220
George GANDER: Private Labour Corps Regiment No. 357753, Unit 802 Area Emp. Company. (Originally down as No.50127 Gunner in Royal Garrison Artillery - but then deleted). Enlisted London 3 Nov 1914 for duration of the war. (Former Regiment : 3rd East Surrey Regiment (L159554), discharged 1892 (by purchasing discharge). Examined 3 Nov 1914 and gave age as '37 years 300 days'; born Bermondsey. A Carman (also a 'Carman Labourer'); Last employer before 1914: John MATHEWS, New Kent Road, London SE. 5 feet 7.5 inches height, 182 lbs, 43 inches chest. Address: 2a Chatham Street, Rodney Road, Walworth. NOK: 'Guardian of children - Mrs Blackman, 2a Chatham Street, Walworth SE'. Embarked at Avonmouth to join MEF 19 Jul 1915; disembarked Alexandria 3 Jul 1915. Served Egypt 3 years 9 months as Gunner and Driver. Claimed disability of Rheumatism in feet and gout in Jany.1917 due to 'sleeping out in the wet'. Treated at 21st General Hospital, Alexandria - 'admitted to a touch in 1904'. 'Assessed as having less than a 20% disability' - osteoarthritis. Embarked Port Said for UK 9 Mar 1919. On discharge (NB:) 'Aged 51'! (ie born c.1868).

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G. GANDER: 50127 Gunner RGA - transferred to Labour Corps 802 ASC 27 Sep 1917. (This is same man as above).

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George Richard GANDER: 8379 Private Army Cyclist Corps. Enlisted 26 Jul 1915. Born Hurstpierpoint, Ssx (said he was 19 years and 5 months old). NOK: father Alfred GANDER. Beaconsfield Cottage, Western Road, Hurstpierpoint, Ssx. 5 feet 8 inches Church of England. fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair. Labourer. Discharged 30 Dec 1915 aged 16 years 5 months. Served only 159 days. Discharged due to 'having made a misstatement as to age on enlistment'.
[NOT on 'Medals Roll'].

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Harry GANDER: 8770 (?Rank) Northumberland Fusiliers on Discharge (but previously in 3rd Royal Sussex Regiment and 3rd Battalion Border Regiment ). On Enlistment aged 18 years 4 months on 16 Jun 1905. Born 16 Feb 1887 St.Lukes, Brighton, Ssx, Labourer, 5 feet 6.75 inches, 119lbs, fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair, Church of England. Did 1 year 78 days in Northumberland Fusiliers (Previously in 3rd Royal Sussex Regiment - see below) 8 years 99 days in The Border Regiment [Noted on discharge from 3rd Border Regiment date given as 22 Jun 1905(? - date needs checking). [Noted went absent a lot!] NOK: father: Henry GANDER, 8 Franklin Street, Brighton, older brother: Alfred, younger brothers: William, Fred, Charles. Married Alice Kathleen RICHARDSON 24 Oct 1905, Brighton but NB: file notes 'Man married in name of H.A. RICHARDSON' (!). Discharged as permanently unfit 16 Oct 1914 with acute appendicitis. Intended place of residence: 42 Park Str, Brighton, Ssx. Trade: Carman.

Militia Record now located in WO96 as Henry GANDER: Serial No. 9411
born St.Lukes, Brighton, Ssx
Residing St.Martins, Brighton,Ssx
3 Royal Sussex Regt, Private. Attested for 6 years on 5 Dec 1904 aged 17yrs.
Single
Trade: Farm Labourer
Name & residence of present or past master: Mr Humphreys, Brighton, Ssx.
Height: 5' 5.25", weight: 114lbs, chest (expanded): 33.5", complexion: fresh, eyes: blue, hair: brown. CofE.
Distinctive marks: Several circular scars l.knee & right leg.
To Northumberland Fusiliers, Private, Attested 16 Jun 1905. Total Service: 194 days. Character: Good, Age: 17.5yrs.
Father: 8 Franklin Str, Brighton.

[NOT on 'Medals Roll' under 'Harry GANDER'. Am unable to trace this man's birth registration (as 'Harry' or 'Henry' GANDER) nor his marriage under 'GANDER' - DG]

WO364/5220
Harry GANDER: Private 22881 East Surrey Regiment Born: Hove,Ssx. Services reckoned from 19 Nov 1915; Age on enlistment: 32 years 4 months. 5 feet 5.5 inches. C of E. Trade before Nov 1915: Clerk and Traveller; last worked for J.Evershed and Son, 81 and 83 Eastern Road, Brighton. Home Address given as: 189 Queens (Queens Park?) Road, Brighton. Served Salonika for 25 months as an Infantryman, had rheumatism; in 4 Oct 1918 'seriously ill' and invalided to UK with malaria Dec 1918. Demobilised 19 Feb 1919. [Further record at the TNA under PIN26/6466 duplicating much of above though marriage date of 14 Sep 1907 and a daughter named: Jean Florence GANDER.]

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Herbert GANDER: 11724 Private 6th (Service) Battalion Wiltshire Regiment Enlisted 7 Sep 1914 - gave age as '19 years - days'. 5 feet 6.75 inches, sallow complexion, blue eyes, dark brown hair. Former trade: Hairdresser. Born Poplar, London. NOK: father: Harry GANDER, Mother Mary GANDER, brother Fred. GANDER: all 89 Gough Street, Poplar. Father (Percy H. GANDER) wrote War Office on 29 Apr 1915 to say his son was under age on enlistment in Sep 1914 as 'only 16 years'. Discharged 2 Jun 1915 aged 17 years 2 months as 'under 17 years of age at date of application'. Good character, served 269 days.
[NOT on 'Medals Roll'].

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Herbert Henry GANDER: 2243 Private 3rd Royal Sussex Regiment. Enlisted 10 Aug 1914 Brighton aged 17 years 55 days. NOK: Mother, Jane GANDER, 11 Newport Road, Burgess Hill. 5 feet 6 inches, grey eyes, brown hair. Hotel Porter. Baptist. Reference from C.ROBSON, Royal Hotel, Brighton, 10 Aug 1914 - employed as Hotel Porter last 3 months 'honest, willing and obliging - he is a total abstainer'. Discharged 20 Jan 1915 aged 17 years 219 days, due to 'his not likely to become an efficient soldier'. (due to pulmonary tuberculosis - advanced). Had good character during his 164 days service. Intended place of residence: 11 Newport Road, Burgess Hill.
[NOT on 'Medals Roll'].

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John GANDER: 5530 Private 3rd Royal Sussex Regiment Enlisted Eastbourne 26 Mar 1915 aged 33 years 244 days. Previously served in Royal Field Artillery. 5 feet 6.75 inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair. Milkman. Born Herstmonceux, Ssx. Married, NOK: wife, Edith Mary GANDER (nee HUTCHINSON), married 28 Apr 1906 (address then: Chapel Row, Herstmonceaux). Discharged 14 Jun 1915 at Newhaven aged 33 years 325 days. Intended place of residence: Chapel Row, Herstmonceaux, Ssx. 'Not likely to become an efficient soldier'. 'Good character during his 81 days service'. Discharge probably because of 'old fracture at right sacro-ilial joint. Walks in a stooping position and is clearly unfit. Not the result of military service'.
[NOT on 'Medals Roll'].

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N.E. GANDER: 144456 Gunner RGA transferring to Labour Corps 23 Nov 1917 .

[That was the entire entry! - believed to be Norman Ernest GANDER born Q1 1895?. Later Note: But 'Norman Ernest' is on Medal Rolls as being in RE and the Serial No.s don't match... ]

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Percy GANDER: M/297998 Private RASC 5 Company Hazeley Down. Age on Enlistment (?27 Nov 1915): 27 years 195 days. Steam Motor Driver (also listed on file as 'Steam Engine Driver' and 'Steam Tractor Driver'). Before Army employed by Balford the Brewers, Southover, Lewes. Married 3 Aug 1912 South Malling, Lewes; Wife: Mrs K.E. GANDER, 4 Green Lane, Lewes, Ssx. Children: Harold George GANDER born 15 Aug 1913. '1st joined'(?) 20 Feb 1917. Mobilized 26 Feb 1917. Served France Oct 1917 to Feb 1918. 'Weak chest following bronco-pneumonia'. Invalided to England 1 Mar 1919 with Influenza. Transferred to Reserve 15 Nov 1919. Age last birthday: 31. Rejected for Pension. Intended Place of Residence: 5 St.Pancras Terrace, Southover, Lewes, Ssx.

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Robin Daniel GANDER: 468248 Private 490 Company Labour Corps. First joined for duty 9th City of London 14 Nov 1914. Declared age: 17 years 0 days. Previous trade / employment: Engineer. Transferred to Queen Victoria Rifles. Served Belgium and France 5 May 1915-13 Nov 1916 as Rifleman. 'GSW (gunshot wound) Neck'. Transferred to Reserve: 30 Apr 1919. Age last birthday: 21. Intended Place of Residence: c/o Mrs Daniels, 12 Swanbank, Talke, Stoke-on-Trent.
[In 'Medal Rolls' is listed under 'Robert D.' as well as 'Robin D.' (?)]

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Thomas Joseph GANDER: 680152 Private Labour Corps 23 Company. Enlisted 6 Jun 1916. Single. Labourer. Born 1898 Barking, Ess. NOK: Mother, same address. Transferred to Reserve 8 Apr 1919. Rheumatism. Intended Place of Residence: 31 Wither Road, Ilford, Ess.
[NOT on 'Medals Roll'].

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Thomas Oliver GANDER: 1337 Lance Corporal. Discharged from Sussex Yeomanry 15 Nov 1915 at Minster, Sheppey, aged 38 years 159 days having signed on in 1910. Ruddy complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, height 5 feet 6 inches. Occupation: Farmer. 'Good Character'. Born: Pyecombe, Ssx. Intended address on Discharge: Dalton's Farm, Bolney, Near Haywards Heath. [NOT on 'Medals Roll'].

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Thomas William GANDER: No.3160 (changed to 211983 also 351034?) Corporal (A/Sergeant) 7th(City of London) Battalion, The London Regiment. Attested 16 Nov 1914 at 24 Sun Street, London EC. Apparent age (at 16 Nov 1914): 27 years 9 months. Height: 5 feet 11.5 inches. Home Address: Waltham Villa, 83 Inwood Road, Hounslow, Mdx. Wife: Lily Esther GANDER (nee POULTON, spinster), same address. Married 8 Apr 1912 at Holy Trinity Church, (?Honner Road), Witnesses: Harry POULTON and Thomas GANDER. No children. Served in France 17 Aug to 2 Oct 1915. GSW back right shoulder 25 Sep 1915. Discharged London 10 Dec 1917 after 3 years 25 days as 'no longer physically fit for war service'. Character 'Very Good'. Awarded pension of 7 shillings to 8 shillings and 3 pence per week. British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914/15 Star issued in Jun 1921.

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Walter Seymour GANDER
Walter GANDER (sic) 78479 (?S/S Corporal?) Royal Field Artillery, 'A' Battery 99. Discharged 29 Aug 1919. Enlisted 15 Jan 1915 at Preston for 'duration of the war'; age then 21 years 60 days. No NOK given. Last employer before joining Army: Forest Hill Brewery, Forest Hill'. Occupation: Drayman. On 23 Sep 1919 'age last birthday': 25 years. Served UK 3 months, France 3 months, Balkans 3 years 2 months. Suffered from malaria or landfly fever. Intended address on discharge: 90 Whippingham Road, Brighton.

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Walter James GANDER: 3092 Lance Corporal 2/18th Battalion London Regiment Discharged 21 Apr 1916 in London as 'no longer physically fit for war service' (Medical examination 28 Mar 1916 - myopia 6/18 L and R eyes (which started 25 years previously and wore glasses then, therefore no pension). Character on discharge: "good" ('intelligent, industrious and an all round capable NCO'). Age on discharge: 34 years 6 months, height: 5 feet 8.5 inches, fresh complexion, grey eyes, dark hair. Born: Paddington. Trade: Fine Art Salesman. Intended place of residence: 186, Fairbridge Road, London N. Attested 9 Mar 1915, served 1 year 44 days. Served Home: 9 Mar 1915 to 21 Apr 1916. Wife: Susan Hannah GANDER, married 22 Dec 1906 at St.Mary's, Hornsey Rise. Child: Kathleen born: 7 Jan 1909, Holloway, baptised 24 Feb 1909 at St.Mary's, Hornsey Rise.

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William James GANDER: 551444 (transferred to 4128) Corporal, Territorial Force 16th Battalion County of London Regiment (Queens Westminster Rifles). Attested 19 (or 22nd?) May 1915 London; Apparent age: 26 years 6 months, height 5 feet 5 inches. NOK: father, Mr. W.J. GANDER, The Post Office, Robertsbridge, Ssx. Corporal 7 Aug 1917. Oct 1917: 'Not to be compulsorily posted for service under the Military Service (Review of Exceptions)'. Discharged 6 Dec 1917 'no longer fit for war service' after 2 years 202 days total service; served Home. Character 'Very Good'. Intended address on discharge: 217 Beckenham Road, Beckenham. War Badge and Certificate sent in Dec 1917 to 'Salehurst, Robertsbridge'. Awarded British War Medal and Victory Medal.

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William James GANDER: 305171 Private Labour Corps. Discharged 30 Apr 1919 aged 46 as 'unfit for service'. Age on enlistment on 28 Jun 1915: 43 years. Former trade: Scaffolder. NOK: father, H. GANDER, Carpenter Yard, Blackstone, Ssx. Served Home 19 Jun 1915-18 Jul 1915, France 19 Jun 1915-22 Jan 1919, Home 23 Jan 1919-30 Apr 1919. Disability on discharge: Fractured Right Fibula - caused off-duty whilst on leave at home ('slipped in country lane') 18 Jan 1919. Intended address on discharge: 22 Hercules Road, Lambeth, London SE1.

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W.GANDER: 50510 - '?Dolts to Chelsea'? 27 Aug 1917. [Unable to trace in 'Medals Roll' from Serial No.].

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