Thame Remembers Able Seaman Sidney Alfred Richardson
Sydney Alfred Richardson was born in Bicester on the 2nd January 1911. He was the son of Edwin Richardson, a shoeing smith, and Florence Richardson (nee Harris).
By the start of the Great War, the family had moved back to Thame, and were living in Nelson Street. His father went on to serve with the RASC during the war.
In 1926, Sydney enlisted as a “Boy” in the Royal Navy, and after training at HMS Ganges, at Shotley in Suffolk, his first sea posting was on the battleship HMS Emperor of India, and then in 1927 the newly commissioned battleship HMS Nelson.
By 1942, P/JX 126446 Able Seaman Sidney Alfred Richardson, had completed his 12 years service with the Royal Navy, and was assigned to HMS President III, the establishment for training DEMS (Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship) gunners and sailors.
On 1st November 1942 Sydney was a DEMS gunner on the troop transport ship SS Mendoza when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-178. He was one of a large number of crew and service personnel lost when the ship went down approximately about 70 nautical miles ENE of Durban, South Africa. He was 31 years old, and left a wife, Ethel Florence Richardson.
His name is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, and on the Thame War Memorial