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Alan Coulston Gardener
Born 1846
Died December 25, 1907(1907-12-25)
Place of death Algeciras
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Colonel
Unit 11th Hussars
14th King's Hussars
Battles/wars Anglo-Zulu War:
Battle of Isandlwana
Battle of Hlobane
Battle of Kambula
Spouse(s) Norah Blyth

Col. Alan Coulston Gardner (1846 – 25 December 1907) was a British Liberal Party politician and soldier.

He was a son of Alan Legge Gardner [1]

Military career[edit | edit source]

He passed Staff College in 1872. He served in the 11th Hussars and the 14th King's Hussars. He was involved in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879; He was present at the Battle of Isandlwana where he was one of only 5 British officers to survive, the Battle of Hlobane Mountain where his horse was killed and the Battle of Kambula during which he was severely wounded. He was mentioned in despatches twice and received the medal with clasp. He was a Brevet-Major. He was Aide-de-camp to the Viceroy of Ireland Earl Cowper in 1880. He was also involved in the 1st Boer War in 1881.[2]

He married in 1885 Hon. Nora Beatrice Blyth. They had two sons and two daughters.[2]

Political career[edit | edit source]

In politics he was a member of the Liberal Party. He contested the Conservative seat of Marylebone East in 1895, coming second. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Essex. He served as a Justice of the Peace in Gloucestershire.[2] He gained the Ross Division of Herefordshire from the Liberal Unionists at the General Election of January 1906. He sat in parliament until his death in 1907.[3]

Death[edit | edit source]

He became ill during the winter of 1907 and took a holiday in Gibraltar in order to recuperate but he finally succumbed to Pneumonia on Christmas Day whilst in Algeciras.[4]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Who Was Who
  • British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, Craig, F. W. S.
  • Greaves, Adrian (2011). Isandlwana: How the Zulus humbled the British Empire. South Yorkshire: Pen & Sword Military Ltd.. ISBN 978-1-84884-532-9. 

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://www.thepeerage.com/p8143.htm
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Who Was Who
  3. British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, Craig, F. W. S.
  4. Greaves (2011), p.168-169

External links[edit | edit source]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Percy Clive
Member of Parliament for Ross
Succeeded by
Percy Clive

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