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Richard Henry Gardiner

RN (P/SSX 27542). British

Born  11 Apr 1920
Died  24 Apr 1974(54)

Richard Henry Gardiner in 1944

Roster information listed for Richard Henry Gardiner

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
HMS Royal Oak (08)BattleshipOrdinary Seaman14 Oct 1939U-47 (1)

Personal information

Richard Henry Gardiner survived the sinking of HMS Royal Oak and went on to retire as Lieutenant Commander many years later. The Royal Navy was his life and he eventually and reluctantly retired earlier than he wished as he contracted rheumatic fever when in Suez that weakened his heart. He is buried off Spithead.


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