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The Fisgard Association

Class Photos - 1906


HMS Fisgard (Hulks)

Photo supplied by Oriska Hiscock.

Thomas Gardner

My father Engineer Lt Cdr Thomas Gardner DSC joined HMS Fisgard on 1st January 1906, graduating on 1st July 1908. He went on to serve on the J and K-class submarines being the only officer on board in March 1918 when the K-14 was paid off in Portsmouth.

In 1919 he crossed Turkey, with other Royal Navy Personnel, to the Caspian Sea where their purpose was to assist and train local forces. A motley fleet of ships had been assembled to defend the Caspian Sea, protect Baku Oil Supplies and British India. My father was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for services during a naval battle on the 21st May 1919 when HMS Emile Nobele, on which he was serving, received a direct hit from a shore battery into the engine room.

He was invalided out of the RN in 1922 suffering from 'nemesis' (severe post traumatic stress) and a weak chest (the result of leaking batteries when he had serving on the K-boats). He became a teacher having passed further exams in mechanical engineering and died in 1928 on a Mission Station in South Africa where he was employed as a teacher.

Oriska Hiscock


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