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In Memory of RICHARD HERBERT HADLEY
Aircraftman 2nd Class
1260185
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

who died on
Wednesday 25 March 1942 . Age 26

Additional Information:
1260185 Aircraftman 2nd Class, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action on Wednesday 25 March 1942. Age 26. The son of John and Edith Annie Hadley, of Barford. Buried in the Colombo (Kanatte) General Cemetery, Sri Lanka. He is also commemorated on a Memorial Screen, St. Peter’s Church, Barford.

Cemetery:
COLOMBO (KANATTE) GENERAL CEMETERY Sri Lanka
Grave or Reference Panel Number: Plot 6B. Row 0. Grave 12A.

Location:
The Commonwealth War Graves plot is situated in the right hand section of this large general cemetery at Borella, an important road junction in the city of Colombo, Kanatte Road. One can easily be taken to the cemetery by any taxi driver.

The Cross of Sacrifice is situated in a separate section a short distance from the War Graves plot, and there are numerous other Commission graves scattered throughout the civilian cemetery.

Historical Information:
The cemetery, at Borella, belongs to the Municipality of Colombo. It contains War Graves (including those of a German soldier, a German merchant seaman, a German interned civilian and an Austrian nursing sister); and a War Cross is erected.

The Military Hospital at Colombo received cases of sickness from the troops on the land, or from passing transports. The island, though visited for a short time by the 1 stl4th King’s Shropshire Light Inf, was garrisoned by the local defence units.

There are now over 60, 1914-1918 and nearly 300, 1939-1945 Commonwealth war casualties com-memorated in this site. 1 casualty of the 1914-1918, and 3 casualties of the 1939-1945 war are unidentified.

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