John Thomas Gander was born in 1889, and lived in and around Barking and Ilford. In 1901, John was recorded as living at 21 Orchard Avenue in Barking. By 1911, John was stationed in India as part of the 1st Royal Sussex Regiment.
At the outbreak of war, John was a private in the 11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own) Battalion of the Line Cavalry. He was killed on 1st November 1914 on the Western Front and was awarded the Victory Medal (1914 Star) posthumously; the medal card reads ‘missing presumed dead’ and is dated 1st November 1914. John’s body was never recovered but his name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium. John was 25 at the time of his death.
Research by Redbridge Museum
Commonwealth War Graves Commission