2nd Lieutenant Charles James Cameron Sheridan

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Charles James Cameron Sheridan

Charles James Cameron Sheridan was born on 4 October 1899 in Maryhill and was the fifth child – and fourth son – of Mandy and Catherine Sheridan. His father was, at different times, a grocer and an egg merchant. Mandy – or Manus – Sheridan came from a 44 acre farm in the Townland of Newtown Carradoan north of the village of Rathmullan on the shores of Lough Swilly, County Donegal in Ireland. His mother Catherine, maiden name O'Gorman, was also born in Ireland.

Charles had three older brothers, John J, William and Thomas, an older sister Norah, a younger brother, Arthur and a younger sister, Kathleen. The family lived at 11 Barra Street in Maryhill until Mandy's death in August 1910. The family seems to have moved a number of times then in Glasgow, Gourock and Greenock.

In 1916, at the age of 17, Charles took up his place at the University of Glasgow to study Medicine. In his first year he took Zoology and Chemisty, and - with the ongoing war in mind - joined the University's Officers' Training Corps. This was to be Charles' first and only year at the University, as he was gazetted into the Royal Flying Corps.

On the 19th of March 1918, Charles was promoted from Cadet to 2nd Lieutenant, an achievement which was noted in the London Gazette. Charles' next move was into the newly formed Royal Air Force, which he joined in May 1918.

A couple of months after joining the RAF, Charles was killed in a flying accident. While 500ft in the air during ground target practice, the Sopwith Camel he was flying stalled during a turn, and crashed into a nearby aerodrome. He died on the 29th of August 1918 at the age of 17, a little over a month short of his 18th birthday. He is buried at Avesnes-le-Comte Cemetery in Pas de Calais, France. His gravestone reads "Eternal rest give to him, O Lord let perpetual light shine on him".

Two of Charles' brothers, William and Thomas emigrated to the United States, John J remained in Glasgow, Norah remained unmarried in Glasgow and was a senior Customs & Excise official, Arthur qualified as a doctor and joined the Indian Medical Service, Kathleen married and, as Kathleen Fitzgerald, lived in Gourock up to the 1960s.

Summary

2nd Lieutenant Charles James Cameron Sheridan
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Air Force
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action near Arras 29 August 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/522, 874, 1214
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/264

Sources

University of Glasgow Registry Records: R8/5/37/3

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

London Gazette

Air History Website

Additional information supplied by Bryan Sheridan.

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