In Memory of


Sub-Lieutenant (A)

H.M.S. Vengeance, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

who died on

Friday 6th April 1945. Age 20.

Additional Information:

Son of James and Catherine Erskine Bardner of Culross, Fife, Scotland. Pilot with No.1850 R.N. Fighter Squadron. Chance Vought FG-1A Corsair IV (KD 163) low oil pressure in interception exercise from Hal Far, Malta. Bailed out but not found despite extensive air/sea search. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Casualty No. 2973783. Memorial photo below. (Enlarged)


Commemorative Information

Memorial: LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL, Hampshire, United Kingdom.
Grave Reference/Panel Number: Bay 6, Panel 3.
Location: This Memorial will be found on the main sea front, sited on Marine Parade West, approximately half a mile west of the town centre.
Historical Information: The principal base of the Fleet Air Arm, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, was chosen as the site for the Memorial to the men of that service who died during the Second World War and who have no known grave. The Memorial consists of a rectangular column of Portland stone bearing the inscription: THESE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE FLEET AIR ARM DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY AND HAVE NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA. 1939-1945. To each side of this central memorial stone is a wall bearing three recessed panels of Westmorland slate, on which are carved almost 2,000 names.

Inscription: 'These Officers and Men of the Fleet Air Arm died in the Service of their Country and have no grave but the sea 1939 - 1945'