Sydney Ware [1892-1916]
Victoria CrossCorporal Sydney Ware of the 1st Seaforth Highlanders wins the Victoria Cross, 6th April 1916. During the operations at Sanniyat No 920 Corporal Sydney Ware, from Whatcombe in Dorset, was awarded the Victoria Cross. His citation in the London Gazette 29 September 1916, reads:

“For most conspicuous bravery at Sanniyat, Mesopotamia, on 6th April 1916. An order was given to withdraw to the cover of a communications trench. Corporal Ware, whose cool gallantry had been very marked during the advance, was one of the few men remaining unwounded. He picked up a wounded man and carried him some 200 yards to cover and then returned for others, moving to and fro under very heavy fire for more than two hours, until he had brought in all his wounded and was completely exhausted.”

Born at Winterbourne, Whitechurch, Dorset, Sydney was the son of William and Maud Ware. His Victoria Cross is now on display at the Regimental Museum of Queens Own Highlanders (Fort George, Inverness-shire, Scotland).

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