Sid Metcalfe Obituary, Death – Donald, who was born in Huntly in July 1953, played club cricket for Aberdeenshire and made his first-class debut for Scotland in a 1978 match against Ireland.
Sid Metcalfe had been invited to yesterday’s memorial service at St. Lawrence’s Church. He was nonetheless admitted to the hospital at midday after being deemed “extremely unwell.” He went away on the same day. According to Linda, Sid’s daughter, her father was a “driver mechanic for a reconnaissance group that landed at Sword Beach on D-Day plus 10” and had a “very happy life.” He was quite proud, polite, and understanding, according to Linda.
Sid was characterized by Nick Beilby of the York Normandy Veterans Association as “a joyful, charming man.” Nick recalled Sid’s Wednesday visit to the Queen Elizabeth Barracks, where he met fellow York Normandy veteran Ken Cooke for an army development day and they exchanged stories of their experiences in battle. I’ve had a terrific day, according to Nick. Born on December 30, 1922, Sid Metcalfe. When the reconnaissance team, of which he was a mechanic and driver, landed at Sword Beach on D-Day plus ten, he was in his early twenties. Sid was arrested while performing reconnaissance with his sergeant and was then taken to a POW camp in Germany.
Nick Bielby claims that he was made to labor against his will in a copper mine. He was forced to spend three months in a military hospital in Germany after sustaining severe injuries from a mine fall. Nick claims that he was crushed by the mine. Although his back was broken, his spinal cord was unharmed. Sid’s terrible back, which “the Germans bestowed upon me,” would cause Sid to complain about it for the rest of his life, Nick anticipated. The US soldiers eventually managed to liberate Sid. He was employed by York Council as a joiner when he was in the military. He spent some time climbing the corporate ladder before becoming a clerk of work, a position he held until his retirement.
Linda claimed that before being a member of the Normandy Veterans Association, he hardly ever brought up his military service. She sobbed, “There was nothing you could do to stop him. He was “very delighted,” Linda said, to join the veterans organization and share his knowledge with others. “It improved my dad’s life,” she remarked. He loved going out to dine on Sundays, and Linda said he “lived for his family.” He kept doing his own laundry and took satisfaction in his ability to care for himself, according to Linda. In his later years, he lived alone in a home in Rawcliffe, while occasionally, family members would stop by to see how he was doing.
The fact that he will turn 100 on December 30 made him happy. He was going to have a fantastic party, Linda added. In the end, that never transpired. But according to Nick Beilby, if he could have picked a day to pass away, it would have unquestionably been November 11. His three daughters, Linda, Shirley, and Yvonne, along with his nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren, are taking care of Sid.