R C Sherriff
1896 - 1975
He took to writing in 1919, at first as fund-raising for a new boat for the Kingston Rowing Club. His play, “Journey's End” was first performed in December 1928. It became a huge and enduring success, with 594 performances of the first production in London.
After 5 years in Hollywood writing film scripts he returned to England, dividing his time between a farm in Dorset and a house in Esher which he shared with his mother.
It is noted in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography that “Sherriff, who never married, was devoted to his mother. Lacking self-confidence, he preferred the company of people younger than himself. He was an endearingly kind and gentle man, qualities evident in his memoir, No Leading Lady (1968). He spent much of his life, after his early success, at his home, Rosebriars, Esher Park Avenue, Esher, Surrey, later adding to this a farm in Dorset. He was elected FSA and FRSL. He died at Kingston Hospital, Kingston upon Thames, on 13 November 1975.”