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RN Radio Officer Sidney Briggs's Service

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:51 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Sidney Briggs worked as a footman at a large house in Bursledon near Southampton and joined the Navy at the start of the war. He trained at an establishment near Skegness and became a radio officer.

He served on HMS Agamemnon, a minelayer and sweeper, and remembered seeing a sailor get his boot caught in the spike of a mine. He went overboard and could not be rescued.

Later he served on a French destroyer in the Mediterranean and crossed the Atlantic to New York on convoy duty. In New York, he and his shipmates were hosted by American families. He also spent time stationed in Malta.


Item list and details

1. Photograph of Sidney Briggs in footman's uniform. 2. Photograph of Sidney Briggs in Naval uniform in Malta. 3. Photograph of Sidney Briggs with naval colleagues with American hosts in New York.

Person the story/items relate to

Sidney Briggs

Person who shared the story/items

Nigel Briggs

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor


Type of submission

Shared at Ahmadiyyah Mosque Hall, Warwickshire on 7 October 2023. The event was organised by Leamington History Group.

Record ID

94417 | LEA048