Sandars Francis Wyld Major 27399
Name Sandars Francis Wyld
Army number 27399
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.