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Cyril Sheridan

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 10 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1884
  1. Elizabeth Sheridan

Cyril Sheridan was born in 1921, the middle one of five boys, in Willow Road, Hampstead, where he lived until the age of 7, enjoying an idyllic existence, free to roam and play on Hampstead Heath. At this point his parents, Jewish immigrants from Poland and Ukraine, moved the family to what was then considered the more salubrious suburb of Hendon. He developed a lifelong love of swimming, frequently cycling up the Thames Valley to Eton Wick on camping trips with his brothers and a range of friends, where a particular favourite activity was diving into the turbulent water released as the lock gates opened. Having survived this, Cyril went on to University College School on a scholarship and then to study pharmacy at Chelsea Polytechnic. His studies were cut short by the onset of the second world war. He travelled to Kenya with Royal Corps of Signals but …

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