JARDINE, FITZROY (1896-1964), schoolteacher and scientist, was born on 3 March
1896 at Rockhampton, Queensland, seventh child of Robert Jardine, a railway
stationmaster from England, and his native-born wife Mary Ann, née Pearce. Named
Fitzroy after the river in flood at the time of his birth, he attended North
Rockhampton Primary School. In 1910 he won a scholarship to Rockhampton Grammar
School where he excelled academically, and represented the school in rowing,
athletics, football, cricket and shooting. The headmaster Henry Kellow selected
Jardine in his senior year to become a junior assistant teacher and sportsmaster.
In 1915 he was appointed to the permanent staff. Sailing to England in 1917, he
qualified as a pilot in the Royal Naval Air Service and on 20 October was
appointed temporary flight sub lieutenant. In April 1918 he transferred to the
Royal Air Force and was sent to France where he served as an acting flight
commander and flight navigating officer with No.243 Squadron. He was mentioned in
dispatches and demobilized in 1919.
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