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Name: R.C. Sherriff  
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Date of Birth: 6th June 1896
Place of Birth: Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, England, UK
Profession: Writer
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Robert Cedric Sherriff (6 June 1896 – 13 November 1975) was an English writer.

Early life

Sherriff was either born in Kingston upon Thames, Hampton Wick, or Esher. He was educated at Kingston Grammar School in Kingston upon Thames, and worked in an insurance office before (1914) and after (1918 to 1928) serving (1915 to 1918) as a captain in the 9th East Surrey Regiment in World War I. He was wounded at Passchendaele.

Early plays

He first wrote a play to help Kingston Rowing Club raise money to buy a new boat. His seventh play, Journey's End, was written in 1928 and published in 1929 and was based on his experiences in the war. It was performed twice, first on 9 December 1928, by the Incorporated Stage Society at the Apollo Theatre, directed by James Whale and with the 21 year old Laurence Olivier in the lead role. In the audience was Maurice Browne who produced it at the Savoy Theatre where it was performed for two years from 1929.

Sherriff studied at New College, Oxford from 1931 to 1934. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Society of Antiquaries.


Year Plays Screenplays Novels
1921 ?First play
1922? The woods of Meadowside
1923 Profit and loss
1924? Cornlow-in-the-Downs
1925? ?Fifth play
1926 Mr. Bridie's finger
1928 Journey's end
1930 Badger's green Journey's End (cowritten)
1931 The fortnight in September
? Chedworth
1933 Windfall The Invisible Man, Goodbye, Mr. Chips
1934 Two hearts doubled
? One More River
1935 The Four Feathers
1936 St. Helena (cowritten)
1937 The Road Back (cowritten)
1939 The Hopkins manuscript
1941 Lady Hamilton
? ? Disney film
1943 This above all
1945 Odd Man Out (cowritten)
1948 Miss Mabel Quartet Another year: a novel
1949 Dark evening
1950 Home at seven No Highway
1952 The kite
1953 The white carnation
1955 The Long Sunset The Dam Busters, The Night My Number Came Up
? Cards with uncle Tom (TV) King John's treasure
1957 The Telescope
? A shred of evidence
1962 The wells of St. Mary's
1963 The Ogburn story (TV)
1973 The siege of Swayne Castle

Sherriff's No leading lady: an autobiography was first published in 1968.

Award nominations

Sherriff's 1933 script for Goodbye, Mr. Chips was nominated along with Eric Maschwitz and Claudine West for an Academy award for writing, adapted screenplay; and his 1955 screenplays, The Dam Busters and The Night My Number Came Up were nominated for best British screenplay BAFTA awards.

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