Sherriff as a boy, c.1899. He was born in 1896 (SHC ref 3813/14/1/5/4)
The Sherriff family, c.1905. Left to right: sister Beryl; brother Cecil; mother Constance; Sherriff; father Herbert.
RC Sherriff never married, and remained devoted to his mother, Constance. The pair lived together at ‘Rosebriars’ until Constance died in 1965, after which Sherriff lived alone. He died in Kingston Hospital on 13 September 1975, and was survived by his younger brother Cecil ‘Bundy’ Sherriff (1899-1989), an insurance official. His sister Beryl had died in 1966, just one year after their mother. Sherriff bequeathed his Esher home to Elmbridge Borough Council as an arts venue, the sale of which established the RC Sherriff Trust which supports the arts within Elmbridge Borough.
(SHC ref 3813/14/1/5/10)
Constance Sherriff in a ‘Bundles for Britain’ uniform, c.1941 (SHC ref 3813/14/1/2/4)
Sherriff’s father Herbert, c.1921 (SHC ref 2332/6/6/4/1)
Young girl, possibly Sherriff’s sister Beryl, c.1908 (SHC ref 2332/6/6/6/1; photograph by F Newton and Co.)
Publicity photograph of RC Sherriff sitting in his armchair, 1929. During the 1930s, RC Sherriff wrote several more plays which reached the West End. None was as successful as Journey’s End, (SHC ref 2332/6/9/14)
Further information on RC Sherriff
The Surrey History Centre catalogued RC Sherriff’s papers in 2015. For background information and links to the collections, a good starting point is this short biography of RC Sherriff.