Ronald Gardener (listed by Commonwealth War Graves Commission as “Gardner”) was the
son of Cecil William and Mary Elizabeth Gardener, of East Haddon. He served in the
RAF Volunteer Reserve, and although the village war memorial shows his loss as 1945,
he in fact died on 3rd June 1946, aged just 19. He lies buried in the Kirkee War
Cemetery, in India.
Kirkee, also known as Khadki, is a Military Cantonment adjoining the large university
town of Poona on the Plateau above Bombay.
The war cemetery there was created to receive Second World War graves from the western
and central parts of India where their permanent maintenance could not be assured.
cemetery contains 1,668 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.
(The “Kirkee Memorial” stands within the cemetery and commemorates more than 1,800
servicemen who died in India during the First World War.)