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William Philip Sidney
Birth: May 23, 1909
Death: Apr. 5, 1991

World War II Victoria Cross Recipient, Politician, 15th Governor-General of Australia. He received the award from British King George VI on October 10, 1944 at Buckingham Palace in London, England for his actions as a major and company commander in the 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards, British Army, on 7 through 8 February, 1944 at Anzio Beach, Italy during World War II. Born in Chelsea, London, England, his father was a barrister and politician. He received his education at Eton College in Eton, Berkshire, England and Magdalene College at Cambridge, England, after which he worked as an accountant for Barclays Bank. In 1929 he was commissioned into the Supplementary Reserve of the Grenadier Guards and following the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, he was activated at the rank of captain. He served in France and in May 1940 was evacuated from Dunkirk back to England. He was then promoted to the rank of major and sent to North Africa as company commander of the 5th Battalion of the Grenadier Guards. In February 1944, during the invasion of Italy at Anzio, he engaged the enemy at point-blank range with his tommy-gun, driving them out after they had breached his position. Following a counter-attack, he was wounded but managed to keep the enemy at bay single-handedly until reinforcements arrived. For his gallantry, he won the Victoria Cross. After he recovered, he returned to England and was transferred to the British Regular Army Reserve of Officers Parliamentary Duties and was elected as a member of the Conservative Party representing Chelsea in the House of Commons, serving from October 1944 until June 1945, and was appointed secretary to the Ministry of Pensions during this time. Upon the death of his father in 1945, he inherited the title of the 6th Lord Barony De L'Isle and Dudley. In October 1951 he was appointed Secretary of State for Air and served in that position until December 1955. The following year, he was created Viscount De L'Isle and in August 1961 he became the 15th Governor-General of Australia, serving in that position until May 1955, the last Englishman to do so. He then returned to London, England to resume his business career and He died in Tonbridge, Kent, England at the age of 81. In addition to the Victoria Cross, his other awards include the Italy Star, the War Medal 1939-1945, the Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, the Knight of the Order of St. John, and the Most Honourable Privy Council. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
St John the Baptist Churchyard
Sevenoaks District
Kent, England
Plot: (Family vault)
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Record added: Mar 07, 2005
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Thank you for your courage and valor in time of battle. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Oct. 24, 2015

- Pamela Howlett
 Added: May. 23, 2015
Viscount de l'Isle VC,KG. Son in law of Lord Gort VC. A brave soldier and statesman. Rest well God Bless.
- s sridhar
 Added: Oct. 27, 2014
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