b. 14/05/1915 Croydon. d. 23/09/1993 Thanet, Kent
DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 02/01/1946 Savernake Forest.
He was 30 years old and serving in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. A munitions train was loaded with ammunition when there was a violent explosion and a 3 ton lorry and two railway wagons literally disappeared. Fire broke out at a dozen points around the yard. A wagon load of 5.5 inch shells, some distance off, went up and the fire spread further. Small arms ammunition started to explode in all directions. 8 men died in the explosion and 6 more were badly injured. Sydney Rogerson arrived and realised he was the senior officer on scene. He collected some uninjured men and detailed each group to one of the many fires. One party had to move an explosives truck that was close to a blaze, and then Rogerson himself climbed under a burning truck full of shells to rescue two injured men. As more men arrived on the scene, he gave them the job of carrying the wounded to safety, or sent them to join the fire parties. Some minutes later Major Biggs arrived and took over command. He remained as cool as Rogerson had been, and one of the first things he did, with the help of another officer, was to uncouple a burning wagon full of shells from the rest of the train and push it clear of the other trucks.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: ROYAL LOGISTICS CORPS MUSEUM, SURREY.
BURIAL PLACE: THANET CREMATORIUM, THANET, KENT.