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R. C. Sherriff

Robert Cedrick Sherriff (6 June 1896-13 November 1975) was an English writer. He wrote several plays, novels and screenplays and was nominated for an Academy award and two BAFTA awards.

He was born in Hampton Wick at 2 Seymour Road (then called “Rossendale”) and educated at Kingston Grammar School from 1905 to 1913. He maintained close links with his old school for the rest of his life, in particular the school boat club. He donated money to buy land for the school boathouse and the Sherriff Club still exists to promote and encourage activities to further the interests of the school’s rowers and boat club.

After a spell working in insurance, he was a Captain in the 9th Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment, serving in the Great War at Vimy and Loos. He was wounded at Passchendaele near Ypres in 1917 and awarded the Military Cross.

Sherriff started writing short plays for performance by members of Kingston Rowing Club to raise money for a new boat. One of his early efforts was Journey’s End, based on his own experiences in the Great War. The play was recognised as a masterpiece and, in 1929, it became a West End hit, starring initially a young Laurence Olivier.

From 1931 to 1934, he studied at New College, Oxford. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Society of Antiquaries of London. He also moved into the glamorous world of Hollywood as a screenwriter, his most famous screenplays including Goodbye Mr Chips, The Invisible Man and The Dambusters.

Sadly, 2 Seymour Road has been demolished in the past few years. In its place now stands a smart development of flats – but fittingly named “Sherriff House”.

For further information about R. C. Sherriff, see KGS Sherriff Club.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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