Ajax Veterans Street Dedication: Tanner Lane
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- Street Name: Tanner Lane
Name of Veteran: Sydney George Tanner March 20, 1911-June 26, 1968
Rank: Able Bodied Seaman
Ship Served: HMS Ajax
Date of Service on Ship: 1940 to 1945
Year of Visit/Dedication: n/a
Veteran or Family Visit: n/a
Veteran of the Battle of the River Plate: Yes
Died at Battle: No
Sydney George Tanner was born on March 20, 1911. He had three sisters; Dorothy, Millicent, and Kathleen, and two brothers; Jack and Roy. He joined the Royal Navy in 1926 at the age of fifteen and remained an Able Bodied Seaman throughout his career.
Syd served on HMS Warspite and HMS Milne on convoy support to Murmansk. He rarely spoke of his time in the Royal Navy, but did share with family that he helped tow the gun carriage at the funeral of King George V in 1936. In 1944 he received the Royal Navy’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medal while serving HMS Milne.
After leaving the Navy in 1947 Syd went to live with his widowed sister Kathleen and nephew Donald in Birmingham as Syd had previously divorced his wife in 1940. He got a job as a Lorry Driver’s mate, delivering barrels of beer around the Midlands.
As time passed Syd went on holiday to Shropshire where he met Phyllis Moseley. The couple later married and settled down in Catford, London. Shortly after he arrived he got a factory job working for Morphy Richards.
At the end of the road where he lived, there was a technical college and the caretaker was called “Skipper Britton”. Syd met “Skipper Britton” and they became firm friends. When the assistant caretaker’s job became vacant “Skipper Britton” suggested that Syd might be interested in it, and Syd took on the post.
Syd eventually became a Freemason, with the influence of “Skipper Britton”, and was assigned his own college in Shepherd’s Bush, London. He worked there until forced to retire due to ill health. Syd died shortly after at the age of fifty seven, on June 26, 1968 in Hammersmith Hospital, London.
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