1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Sidney Sherriff

Contributed by: Andrew Sherriff, on 2008-11-05

Sidney Sherriff
First Name Sidney
Surname Sherriff
Year of Birth 1896
Year of Death 1954
Regiment Royal Welch Fusiliers
Place of Wartime Residence Rhyl, Flintshire

Sidney's Story

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 “Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”(MBE) LG. 1/11/48,War Medal 1939/45,“Meritorious Service Medal” (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.

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