SIDLOW, Ronald

Grenadier Guards
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Sgt Ronald Sidlow 2SBS
Corporal Ronald Sidlow joined 2 Special Boat Section on its formation from 101 Troop of No.6 Commando [1] [2].
  • 8 November 1942 Mentioned In Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in North Africa [3].
Oran Landings. Assault on Port by H.M.S. Walney and H.M.S. Hartland - 8th November 1942.
This man formed one of the crew of No. 3 Folbot, launched from H.M.S. Walney. There was some delay in getting his boat away and the craft was damaged in the process. However, Corporal Sidlow endeavoured to get into an attacking position, and before being forced to take cover from S.A.A. fire and searchlights. The situation was so confused that he never had a chance to fight, but lay hidden hoping to escape the next day. He was one of the last two of the Special Boat Section to be captured and displayed initiative and great fortitude in this action. [Recommended by Captain H.V. Holden-White.] [4]. 
The recommendation indicates Sidlow was taken prisoner, however he did sail back to the UK with other members of 2 SBS and in early March 1943, rank now Sergeant, formed part of the new 'Z' Special Boat Section attached to the 8th Submarine Flotilla at Algiers. Later he was part of 'Z' SBS attached to Force 136 (SOE) at Trincomalee, Ceylon [5].
  • Second Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field [6].


[1] 2 SBS Timeline document, see linked content below.
[2] Image of 2 SBS at Hillhead 1943 in gallery.
[3] London Gazette 36486, page 1928.
[4] National Archives file WO373/94/451.
[5] SBS in World War Two, author G.B. Courtney 2SBS.
[6] London Gazette 36785, page 5131, published 9 Nov. 1944.

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