Gardner, Roger Ham (1922-1946)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Roger Ham Gardner (1922-1946), born 8 January 1922, son of A.J. Gardner esq., 3 Grange Road, Clifton, Bristol.
Attended Kingwell Hall School, near Bath.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) September 1935-December 1939; 6th form; 1st XI cricket team, 1939; 2nd XV rugby football team, 1939; PT Instructor; Sergeant in OTC; member of the Duffers and the Eclectics.
WW2, Lieutenant (A), HMS Vulture, Royal Navy. Killed on active service at Tintagel, Cornwall, on 9 March 1946, aged 24.
Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Hampshire, Bay 6, Panel 6 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2974322/GARDNER,%20RO...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbeylands Roll of Honour.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', Michaelmas 1946: 'Roger Gardner was a lieutenant R.N., and was killed during a tactical air exercise in Cornwall in March 1946. As a fighter pilot, he served first in H.M.S. Ark Royal until she was sunk, and he then joined H.M.S. Formidable, and served in the Pacific, and later in the Mediterranean at Salerno. He became a Test Pilot, and was at Cochin for a year. Having returned from there, he was doing an instructor's course in Cornwall, when the accident occurred. At Abbeylands, he was a vigorous, likeable person, full of life and energy. He was a House Prefect and a member of the 1st XI. His visits during the war showed that he was developing as we all hoped, and his loss will be a severe blow to many of his contemporaries, with whom he was deservedly popular.'