Contributed by: Andrew Sherriff, on 2008-11-05
|Year of Birth||1896|
|Year of Death||1954|
|Regiment||Royal Welch Fusiliers|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Rhyl, Flintshire|
Young Sidney Sherriff (top right) served in Royal Welch Fusiliers in WW1, then India between wars, then France WW2 before capture.
Enlisted 10/11/1914, Pte15 London Btn, Holborn, London.
17/5/15, L/Cpl 15 London Btn.
27/7/15, Cpl15 Btn.
27/7/15, L/Sgt Unpaid15 London Btn.
2/12/15, British Expeditionary Force, France.
3/11/16, L/Sgt Paid15 Btn, France.
31/12/16, Sgt15 Btn, France.
6/2/18, Sgt13 Btn, France & UK
16/1/19, Sgt Depot, UK
25/2/19, Sgt3 Btn, Limerick, Ireland, Discharged.
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
26/2/19, Limerick, Ireland, Re-enlisted.
12/6/19, Sgt. Depot, Posted.
29/6/19, India,W.E.F.(Waziristan Expeditionary Force).
17/8/23, Lahore District Order.
21/12/24, Sgt 1 Btn, Satara, India, Small Arms School, Instructor S/Sgt
Continued in India until UK posted on 20/2/30.
He rose to RSM of the RWF in WW2 & post war. Captured at Dunkirque as part of the rearguard guarding a canal. Eventually he was put in charge of the entire Lamsdorf POW camps in Silesia, Poland - a multinational (including Polish Jews & women soldiers) other ranks & civilian internment camp.
Full military honours funeral at Rhyl in 1954.
Medals: 1914-15 Star, Victory Medal, GS Medal, Indian General Service 1908, with Clasps 'Waziristan 1919-1921, 1921-1924'
Medals:1939/45 Star, France & Germany Star,Awarded the Ã¢ÂÂMember of the Most Excellent Order of the British EmpireÃ¢ÂÂ(MBE) LG. 1/11/48,War Medal 1939/45,Ã¢ÂÂMeritorious Service MedalÃ¢ÂÂ (MSM). MW 16/4/1953, dated 8/10/51.Coronation Medal 26/8/53.
My only memory of him is as a very young child visiting him in the Royal Alexandra Hospital Rhyl, where he was dying on cancer in 1954. I am very proud to have him as my grandfather.