Sandars Francis Wyld Major 27399

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Lt Col Francis Wyld Sandars
Lt Col Francis Wyld Sandars

Name Sandars Francis Wyld
Army number 27399
Rank Major
Decorations India Medal and Clasp. p.s.c. D.S.O.and Bar. King Haakon VII Liberty Cross.
Date of birth Born 18/5/1903, Cheshire. Birth registered Q2 1903, Birkenhead, Cheshire.
Age 83 at the time of his death.
Unit Attended Royal Military College, Sandhurst 1921-1923. Commissioned as a 2nd Lt into The Durham Light Infantry 30/8/1923. Posted to 1st Bn in the UK. Posted to 2nd Bn at Cawnpore, India, 1925. Stationed Sialkot 1926-7, 1929. Attended Signals School, Poona, 1926. Stationed Razmak, Waziristan 1929. Stationed Barrackpore 1933. Posted to Aldershot 1934. Attended Staff College, Camberley, 1937. Posted Northern Command, York, 1939-1941. Posted to the 11th Battalion DLI 8/1/1942 in command. Posted Northern Command 6/7/1942. Posted 10th Battalion DLI 22/7/1943 in command. With the Battalion on disbandment. Posted 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment in command. Posted 304 Infantry Brigade 1945. Posted HQ BAOR 1946-1947. Posted War Office - Adjutant General's Branch 1951 - 1952. Appointed Honorary Aide de Camp to Her Majesty the Queen July 1952. Attended Imperial Defence College 1953. Posted Berlin Infantry Brigade, in command, 1954-1955. Retired on 27/10/1955. Worked subsequently as General Manager of Vaux Breweries, Sunderland.
Company/Battery Command HQ, Battalion HQ.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Signals Officer Shanghai 1927. Intelligence Officer, Razmak 1929. Adjutant 1/10/1931 to 30/9/1934. Staff Captain Aldershot 1934. G.S.O. for Weapon Training 16/5/1939 to 2/6/1940. GSO1 at Northern Command. C.O. Brigadier - General Staff.
Joined Brigade 08-Jan-42.
Promotions Lieutenant 30/8/1925. Captain 16/5/1935. Acting Major 3/9/1939 to 2/12/1939. Temporary Major 3/12/1939 to 29/8/1940. Major 30/8/1940. Lieutenant-Colonel. Brigadier.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action Died 16/10/1986 at his home in Spain, La Guarida, La Cenarida, Jesus Pobre, por Gata (Alicanti). Funeral took place in Spain.
Home address Educated Wellington College 1916-1921. Married Anne Primrose Pattinson 6/1/1939 (deceased 1960). Married Lavinia Margaret Dundas 19/4/1962 (deceased 4/1/1974). Married Mrs Katherine O'Donoghue (born 13/11/1910, deceased 16/9/2006).
Source table 10DLI

The award of the King Haakon of Norway Liberty Cross was gazetted on 19/3/1948, for clearing German troops from the Tromso Zone, post-war.

We are indebted to Brigadier Sandars' family for the additional information extracted from his Obituary.