The Tank Museum | Recipient

S.N. Hadley

2/Lt. Sydney Norman Hadley
Born : 1898 in Leytonstone
Died : 1961

2nd Lt S N Hadley enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company then transferred via the Machine Gun Corps to the 8th Battalion of the Tank Corps and trained at Wareham.

He fought at Second Cambrai and his Mark V tank was shelled on 29/9/19l8 leaving him the only survivor of his crew. He lost an eye and carried particles of shrapnel in his head and neck for the remainder of his life.

As a disabled ex-serviceman he was offered the opportunity to train in animal husbandry but instead went on to build a successful business in shipping and forwarding in the City of London.

In 1942 he married his secretary with whom he had one daughter.

Although a forceful personality he was acutely claustrophobic and, whilst proud of his association with the Tank Corps, was reluctant to talk of his experience of the war unless emphasizing the jaunty attitude of a bygone age depicted in its commeraderie and song.

He died in 1961 of a heart condition.