b. 25/12/1914 Sydenham, London. d. 14/02/2003 Hove, Sussex.
He was educated at Dulwich College between 1928 and 1932.
Gardner was 26 years old, and an acting captain in the 4th Royal Tank Regiment, British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 23 November 1941 at Tobruk, Libya, Captain Gardner was ordered to take two tanks to the rescue of two armoured cars of the King's Dragoon Guards, which were out of action and under heavy attack. While one of his tanks gave covering fire the captain dismounted from the other in the face of heavy fire, hitched a tow rope to one of the cars, then lifted into it an officer, both of whose legs had been blown off. The tow rope broke, so Captain Gardner returned to the armoured car, but was immediately wounded in the arm and leg. Despite this he managed to transfer the wounded man to the second tank and returned to British lines through intense shell-fire.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: LORD ASHCROFT GALLERY, IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON.
BURIAL PLACE: WOODVALE CREMATORIUM, BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX. ASHES SCATTERED
Philip Gardner's medals including VC and MC on display at the Lord Ashcroft Gallery, Imperial War Museum, London. (August 2014).
Lewisham Shopping Centre (Derek Walker)
Lewisham Shopping Centre Mural
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Replica medals displayed at Royal Tank Regiment