Frank Gardner Biography
Frank Gardner is a British journalist, author and Army Reserve officer. He works at BBC as the channel’s Security Correspondent. In 2005 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to journalism.
He was commissioned as a second Army Reserve lieutenant officer on 23 May 1984. He transferred as a second lieutenant from the general list to the 4th Volunteer Battalion, the Royal Green Jackets, on 30 September 1984, and was given seniority as of 23 May 1984. On 30th September 1985, he was promoted to lieutenant and later to captain on 1st October 1990, with seniority 1 February 1989.
On 11 November 1993, he was appointed a captain in the Regular Army Reserve. He returned to the Territorial Army on April 24, 1997, serving in the Corps of the Adjutant General’s Educational and Training Services Branch. As of 1 July 2006, he was promoted to major.
From 1984 to 1986, he also served as a marketing manager for Gulf Exports in the business field, and from 1986 to 1990 in trading and sales for Saudi International Bank. In 1990 he became a director of Robert Fleming Bank until 1995. He left banking and started working in journalism for BBC World after a nine-year career in banking as an investment banker.
Frank Gardner Age
Frank was born as Francis Rolleston Gardner on 31st July 1961 in Hampstead, London, England. He celebrates his birthday on 31 July every year.
Frank Gardner Education
He attended Saint Ronan’s School, and Marlborough College, he was pushed by his teachers into taking up biathlon, which made him travel to Austria to train with the British Army biathlon team. In 1984, he graduated at the University of Exeter, with a Bachelor of Arts in Arabic and Islamic Studies.
Frank Gardner Family
Frank was born to Robert Neil Gardner and Evelyn Grace Rolleston who were both British Diplomats. His mother, Grace, died in 2004. She was a Cambridge scholar, diplomat, and artist. Frank once said in an interview that his mother was the third woman to get into the Foreign Office and she had to fight a lot of sexism and prejudice.
His father, Robert, was a composer, musician, and diplomat. He was a composer closely associated with the Armonioso String Quartet and had begun composing music at the early age of 6. He spent the Second World War in the army and then had a Diplomatic Service career that was mostly spent abroad in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Singapore, and the Netherlands. Despite his career as a Diplomat he still had time for music and gained the performer’s licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, playing the piano in his spare time. Also in 1946, he was awarded the gold cup for piano composition in the first Cheltenham Musical Festival.
Frank Gardner Wife
Frank Gardner is married to Amanda Pearson. The couple got married in 1997. During an interview with ‘The Guardian’ Garden said that his wife supported him and has been very amazing after he was shot and left paralyzed.
“My wife has just been an amazing support, she has been so understanding. She married an able-bodied person and she’s now got a disabled husband. That’s tough for her as well.
Frank Gardner Children
Frank together with his wife Amanda Pearson has two children. When he was in hospital in 2012 he tweeted that his daughters had brought him ‘Band of Brothers’ to read in hospital.
My daughters have brought me Band of Brothers to read in hospital. Rather puts my own injuries into perspective.
— Frank Gardner (@FrankRGardner) August 19, 2012
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Frank Gardner Career in Military
Frank began his career as a second lieutenant officer in the Army Reserve on 23rd May 1984 when he was commissioned. He was transferred from the general list to the 4th Volunteer Battalion, the Royal Green Jackets, as a second lieutenant (on probation) on 30th September 1984 and was given seniority from 23 May 1984.
On 30th September 1985, he was promoted to lieutenant with seniority from 23 May 1984. On 1st October 1990, he was promoted to captain with seniority 1 February 1989.
He was appointed a captain in the Regular Army Reserve on 11th November 1993. On 24 April 1997, he returned to the Territorial Army, serving in the Adjutant General’s Corps ‘ Educational and Training Services Branch. As of 1 July 2006, he was promoted to major.
Frank Gardner Banking
The gardener has also worked in the banking sector as a marketing manager for Gulf Exports from 1984 to 1986 and in trading and sales for Saudi International Bank from 1986 to 1990. He joined Robert Fleming Bank in 1990 as a director of a position he held until 1995. He left banking and joined journalism.
Frank Gardner BBC
Frank joined BBC World in 1995 as a producer and reporter. In 1997 he became the BBC’s first full-time Gulf correspondent setting up as a freelance stringer in Dubai. He was appointed as BBC Middle East correspondent in charge of the bureau in Cairo in 1999. In 2002 he specialized solely in covering stories related to the War on Terror, this was after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York.
On 6th June 2004, Frank was shot six times and seriously injured in an attack by al-Qaida gunmen while reporting from Al-Suwaidi, a district of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia notorious for extremism. His colleague Simon Cumbers, who was an Irish Cameraman, was shot dead. One of the bullets hit his spinal nerves and was left partially paralyzed in the legs and since then has used a wheelchair.
In mid-2005 he returned to BBC after 14 surgical operations, seven months in hospital and months of rehabilitation. Despite his injury, he still reports from the field including places like Afghanistan and Colombia but usually comments on top stories from a BBC studio.
Frank Gardner Books
- Blood and sand
- Far Horizons
- Garden Edges and Retaining Walls
- Planning & Building Paths
- Building Barbecues
- Outdoor Living Projects
- Landing Force 48: Marines
- A Practical Guide to Paving
- Bricks, Pavers & Tiles
Frank Gardner Crisis
CRISIS is the debut novel by Frank Gardner, drawing on his years of experience reporting on security issues. Combining insider knowledge, up-to-the-minute hardware, flying insights into the wall with heart-in-mouth excitement, CRISIS boasts an irresistible, visceral frisson of authenticity: smart, fast-paced and furiously entertaining, here’s a 21st-century thriller.
Frank Gardner Wheelchair Disability
On 6 June 2004, he was shot six times and seriously injured in an attack by al-Qaeda sympathizers, while reporting from Al-Suwaidi, a district of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. One of the bullets hit his spinal nerves and he was left partially paralyzed in the legs and since then has used a wheelchair.
In November 2014 when the last surviving member of the gang was sentenced to death Frank didn’t call for a pardon saying that the gang member was not remorseful.
“Forgiveness is not really an option. He is completely unrepentant. He has never said sorry. He is still in the mindset that he had when he attacked us. So forgiveness is not really an option. It’s not like this man’s parents have written to me or anyone saying, ‘Please forgive him’. No one has apologized.”
The gardener was offered the chance to meet with the assailant but he turned it down saying there was nothing he could get from the meeting.
. “I don’t want to see this guy. Why would I? What am I going to get from it? The man’s soul is dead. I gather he’s put on weight in jail – he has been eating quite well.”
He also said he didn’t feel any triumph although justice has been served.
“I don’t feel any kind of triumphalism at all. This is no one-nil moment. Justice has been served. The court has looked at the evidence. My understanding is that he has not offered any defense for what he did. It was inexcusable.”
Frank Gardner Saudi Arabia
On 9th November 2017, Frank wrote an article about Saudi Arabia on bbb.com which was titled ‘Saudi purge demonstrates ruthlessness of crown prince’.
— Frank Gardner (@FrankRGardner) November 9, 2017
Frank Gardner William The Conqueror
In September 2015 Frank appeared on BBC TV on in the 12th UK series of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ where he learned that through his maternal family tree he directly descended from William the Conqueror, his 29x great-grandfather. Frank said that his mother had told him while he was a child that they were were descended from the Normans.
Frequently Asked Questions About Frank Gardner
Who is Frank Gardner?
Gardner is a British journalist, author and Army Reserve officer.
How old is Frank Gardner?
He is 58 years as of 2019. He was born in 1961.
How tall is Frank Gardner?
He has not shared his height with the public.
Is Frank Gardner married?
He is married to Amanda Pearson. The couple got married in 1997.
How much is Frank Gardner worth?
He has not yet revealed his net worth. We will update this section when we get and verify information about the wealth and properties under his name.
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Where does Frank Gardner live?
He lives in Britain, we shall upload pictures of her house as soon as we have them.
Is Frank Gardner dead or alive?
He is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of him being sick or having any health-related issues.
Where is Frank Gardner now?
He is pursuing his career in journalism. He is working at BBC as the channel’s Security Correspondent.
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