GARDINER, Thomas Richard

Display Number:  0206  
Name:  Gardiner  Thomas Richard
Rank:  Petty Officer 1st Class Service Number:  156072
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Petty Officer Thomas Gardiner saw service in a number of operations including those off Gambia, West Africa, in 1894 and in the Boer War including the Relief of Ladysmith and Tugela Heights. He also served during the Boxer Rebellion in China at the Relief of Nanking in 1900. Most of these operations would have been ashore. During the reign of King Edward VII (1901-1910), he was awarded the Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal while serving on the battleship HMS Triumph.


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Medal Description (Left to Right):  
  • East and West Africa Medal (Gambia 1894 Clasp) - This medal was awarded for general service in a number of small campaigns and punitive expeditions. 
  • Queen's South Africa Medal (Relief of Ladysmith and Tugula Heights Clasps) - Awarded for work in the South African area during the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. 178,000 Queen's South Africa Medals were awarded.
  • China War Medal (Relief of Pekin Clasp) - Instituted for service during the Boxer Rebellion and the subsequent punitive expeditions.
  • Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal  - Originally awarded for 21 years exemplary conduct, but the period was reduced to 10 years in 1874, then later increased to 15 years. In March 1981 commissioned officers became eligible after 15 years service, provided at least twelve of those were served in the ranks.