The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Gardiner
First Name:
Peter Alan
Rank:
Sergeant (Promoted 24.1.1942)
Regimental #:
WX10925
Company:
'D' Company
Enlisted:
17.02.1941
Discharged:
22.03.1946
DOB:
14.02.1921
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Harold Alan Gardiner
Mothers's Name:
Edith Alice Gardiner
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Storeman
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; Johore Bahru; Adam Park; Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kinsaiyok, Brankassi, Hindaine, Hindato, Non Pladuk, Nacompaton, Bangkok (go downs), Motor Transport Camp Bangkok, Bangkok Racecourse 7 days, Bangkok University Camp.
POW#:
4/4494
Return Details 1945:
Thailand‐Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay

General Description

Peter Gardiner was wounded on 8/2/1942, spent 3 days behind enemy lines before being evacuated to hospital.  NCO rejoined unit in the line at Holland Village Cemetery, Buona Vista on 15/2/1942.  NCO was half brother to WX15905 E.G. Moir (Ted) who died at Kuii Camp, Thailand.

Pete Gardiner

 

Peter Gardiner and Ted Moir (Edward George) WX15905 are half brothers.  Ted Moir died of malaria and dysentery at Kuii, October 1943.

BANGKOK, THAILAND. 1945-09-15. COOKS PREPARING THE EVENING MEAL AT THE PRISONER OF WAR (POW) BRANCH HEADQUARTERS, RECOVERED ALLIED POW AND INTERNEES UNIT TRANSIT CAMP FOR 8TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, EX-POWS OF THE JAPANESE AWAITING TRANSPORT BACK HOME TO AUSTRALIA. SHOWN: SERGEANT P. A. GARDINER, 2/4TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION (1); PRIVATE (PTE) J. W. BASELL, 2/4TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION (2); PTE A. RUMBLE, 2/2ND PIONEER BATTALION (3).

 

Edward (Ted) Moir’s father McLaren John (known as Kenny) Moir enlisted 1916 AIF WW1, 44th Btn.  Whilst at Blackboy Hill, Kenny Moir contracted pneumonia and soon after in 1916 at hospital in Subiaco.  Widow Edith Alice was left alone with two young children to raise, Gwen and Ted.

Edith Alice Moir (nee Parsons) remarried in to Harold Alan Gardiner.  Their son Peter Alan Gardiner WX 10925 was born in 1921, he enlisted 17 February 1941.

Peter’s father Harold Alan Gardiner WX17894 born 10 Sep 1905  enlisted and with 2/11th Btn was taken POW of Germany whilst fighting in Crete.  He died in Cranbrook 25 January 1961. Edith Alice (Parsons) Gardiner died 1983 aged 93 years.

 

Edward (Ted) Moir enlisted September 1941.  Tragically Ted Moir died of Malaria and dysentery at Kuii 1943. Peter Gardiner enlisted  6 months earlier than Ted on 22 March 1941 joining ‘D’ Company – Ted Moir also joined ‘D’ Coy and after capitulation at Singapore both were selected to work on the Burma Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force, V Battalion.  V Battalion was to endure the highest loss of life of any group on the Railway and the most horrific conditions.

Please read about ‘D’ Force V Battalion.  

Peter would have been devastated with the death of Ted Moir at Kuii knowing his brother was father to three children.

It was said of Peter “he was one of nature’s gentlemen’.

On his return home Peter married in 1948 to Helene Kalafatas.  Helene remarried in 1959.  It appears Peter Gardiner never remarried and in the 1972 Electoral Roll his mother was residing with him.  The 1977 and 1980 Electoral Roll records Peter working as a Rep and living in Woodlands.

He died 8 May 1986 at Woodlands and cremated at Pinaroo. He was 66 years old.

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
  • Hindaine, Kui Mang 200k - Thailand
  • Hindato, 198k - Thailand
  • Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
  • Bangkok - Thailand
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