James Sanderson

Medals awarded

  • General Service Medal 1918-62
  • India Defence Medal 1939-45
  • War Medal 1939-45
  • Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (George VI)
  • King George V Silver Jubilee Medal 1935
  • King George VI Coronation Medal 1937

James Henry ‘Sandy’ Sanderson joined the Green Howards in 1921. He served with the 2nd Battalion in Jamaica, Egypt and Shanghai. Pre-war members of the battalion remembered Sandy as a good sportsman and a keen hunter with the nickname ‘James Cagney’ whom he resembled in features and attitude.

In 1930 he was Sergeant Instructor at the Depot in Richmond for two years, then he returned to the 2nd Battalion in Poona. When the Battalion moved to Meerut, India, he became Company Sergeant Major of ‘A’ Company until early in 1937 when he was attached to the Army School of Education in Belgium, as Regimental Sergeant Major. Whilst there he was promoted Lieutenant (Quartermaster) and served there throughout the war.

After the war he returned to the UK, but was later appointed Quartermaster for 2/2 Gurkha Rifles serving in Malaya until he retired in 1954 due to poor health. Sanderson then lived in Hampshire with his wife Nell and daughter Caroline.