IVAN BRADBURY GARDINER, better known as Gus Gardiner, died at the Old Vicarage, Moulsford, on February 1.
Born in Marple, Cheshire, on March 31, 1925, Gus quickly showed that he had an aptitude for leadership and was a talented sportsman.
He was head boy at Macclesfield’s King’s School and a force to contend with on the rugby field, captaining the team.
He was Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major of the school’s Officer Training Corps and was involved with training the Macclesfield Home Guard.
In 1943, he left school to volunteer for the war effort and in 1944, from Officer Training School, was enlisted into the Indian Army, where he commanded and trained the boys’ company at the Regimental Centre. Later he moved to the Jungle Training Division of the M & R Sikh Regiment where, as a company instructor, he specialised in assault engineering and demolitions.