No. 6097469, Private, Ronald MACKENDER
Aged 24

The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment), 1st Battalion
Died of his Wounds on Sunday 4th June 1944

Born in Lakenheath (Mildenhall Q4-1919 4A:1863).

Son of Robert Cooper and Ella Maud MACKENDER (née KENT), of Lakenheath, Suffolk.

In the 1939 register at The Tap Inn, High Street, Mildenhall were his father Robert [8-3-1889] a labourer/innkeeper; his mother Ella M [10-3-1893]; brother Reginald S [19-4-1913] farm labourer; Marjorie E FLACK [3-9-1928] scholar(possibly an evacuee).

His elder brother Stanley died in the Far East :- see here

Violet Arnold, Ron Mackender and Nellie Windwood pre war

Ronald died the day the US forces entered Rome. The 65th and 92nd General Hospitals were in Naples from late in 1943 until the end of the war, also the 67th General Hospital for the greater part of that time. The site for the war cemetery was chosen in November 1943 and burials were made in it from the hospitals and garrison. Later graves were brought in from a number of small cemeteries in the immediate vicinity.
As his records are not available it is not possible to record exactly where or when he was injured but he was initially buried in Scudello Military Cemetery and moved to Naples on 19th September 1944.

His mothers headstone commemorating also her two sons

© Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ronald is buried in Naples War Cemetery, Italy ref: 1:R:155

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