World War 2 Stories for Sheffield

Sidney Seston 

Seriously Wounded in the Mediterranean

By actiondesksheffield

People in story: Sidney Seston
Location of story: Central Mediterranean
Unit name: Derbyshire Light Infantry
Background to story: Army


This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Norman Wigley of the BBC Radio Sheffield Action Desk on behalf of Mrs Ethel Seston.

My husband, Sidney Seston, joined up in 1940. He went into the Pioneers at first, but then joined the Derbyshire Light Infantry so that he could serve overseas. Once he was abroad he was not allowed to tell me where he was – it was always censored.

In 1944, I received a letter on Army Form B104-80B to tell me that my husband had been wounded on 26th November 1944, while he was in a trench and a shell had exploded nearby. The letter said that he was dangerously ill.

He had been admitted to the 65th British General Hospital, Central Mediterranean Force. I had a letter from the Matron, Ella Edmunds dated 16th December 1944. On 21st December 1944 he was taken from the seriously ill wing to an ordinary ward. He did not fight again. He was not discharged from hospital until 18th December 1947, but remained in the army and went on to serve as a batman in Italy. His service No. was 13044028.