PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Siddons, Victor Donald
Date of birth: May 24th, 1892 (Oundle/Northamptonshire, Great Britain)
Date of death:  1967
Nationality:  British
BIOGRAPHY: 
Victor Siddons started training for the ministry in the Methodist Church, but joined the Northamptonshire Yeomanry when war broke out in 1914. He was sent to Arabia to train as a pilot and joined the Arab rebellion against the Turks, under Lawrence of Arabia.
For his work he was awarded the DFC and was Mentioned in Despatches and also awarded the Order of Al Nahda by the King of the Hejaz.
After the war he completed his training for the Ministry and served in various Methodist circuits until the outbreak of the 2nd World War. In February 1939 he was given a commission in the Regular Army Reserve of Officers as a Chaplain and was called up in December 1939. The next month saw him in France with the 1st Battalion The Duke of Wellington's Regiment. He was eventually evacuated from Dunkirk.
After a year in England he went again to the Middle East and in Egypt he was posted to the 8th Army as Senior Chaplain to the 13th Corps. He later became Staff Chaplain at 8th Army headquarters. When the British troops left North Africa he went with them to Greece as Deputy- Assistant Chaplain General. He was in Athens when the Communist troubles broke out in December 1944. For his services in this area he was awarded a Mention in Despatches and was awarded an MBE (Military).
After the war he became Superintendent of the Bath Road Circuit and President of the Swindon Council of Churches. When he died he was still an RAF chaplain.
     
MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (MBE)
Rank: Chaplain to the forces Fourth Class (temporary Chaplain to the Forces, Third Class)
Unit: Royal Army Chaplain's Department (Reserve of Officers)
Awarded on: February 18th, 1943
 
     
MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES
Rank: Chaplain to the Forces 2nd Class
Awarded on: May 23rd, 1946
Action: Citation:
"In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Mediterranean Theatre."
 
     
1939-1945 STAR
 
     
AFRICA STAR
Details: with 8th Army Clasp
 
     
ITALY STAR
 
     
DEFENCE MEDAL 1939-1945
 
     
WAR MEDAL 1939-1945
 
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Information source(s):   - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 35908 published on the 16 February 1943
- Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37575 published on the 21 May 1946
- Roger's Study
- BBC
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