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- Sidney David Sinnett
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- Calais to start with
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- 27 February 2004
Sidney David Sinnett from Swindon, Wiltshire, first joined up on 16.10.39. at the age of 21 and went to 74 Infantry Motor Unit, Colchester. When he went to war he was a Rifleman in the K.R.R. 6 Company 8 Section his rank being RFN. During the Defence of Calais in May 1940 he was captured and ended up in Stalag XX1B, Marienburg, East Prussia. After being originally posted as "Missing" on 6 June 1940 the family were notified he was a PoW on 25 June 1940. He was then moved to Stalag V11B, Teschen, Poland and at a later date went to Stalag X11A at Limburg. He was a violinist and played with three other men at camp socials etc. One with an accordion, one with a guitar and one a trumpet.
November 1942 Stalag VIII B, Alan on accordian, Bill Page guitar, Dixie Dean trumpet and Sid violin.
There are also photos of the RR band with Bas next to Sid + Wilf and Les on trumpets.
At last there was a telegram 10 May 1945 saying
"Arrived safely, see you soon - Sid"
I have many letters from the various camps and photos too.
Unfortunately he died last year
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