World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Southport, Lancashire, during the Second World War he served as a Lieutenant with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. On St. George's Day, April 23, 1943, at Guirat-el-Atach in Tunisia, Lieutenant Sandys-Clarke's company were attacked and almost wiped out. He was the only surviving officer and, although he was wounded in the head, he gathered together a composite platoon and advanced to attack the enemy, but met with heavy fire from a machine-gun post. He manoeuvred his men to give covering fire and attacked the post single-handed, killing some of the crew, capturing the rest, and neutralising the gun. He dealt with two other posts in a similar fashion and led the platoon to its objective, but was killed when he went forward single-handed to tackle two sniper posts.
Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine