Sherriff ’s memoir, No Leading Lady, was published in 1968, in which he focussed primarily on his literary career, from the unexpected success of Journey’s End to his later plays. Abandoned draft scripts among his papers show that he initially attempted to begin his autobiography with anecdotes concerning his childhood, but he then discarded this approach in favour of that which appears in the final published version.
There is no surviving evidence of any romantic entanglements in Sherriff ’s papers and he never married. He lived with his mother Constance at “Rosebriars” until she died in 1965 after which he lived alone at the house. He died in Kingston Hospital on 13 September 1975 and was survived by his younger brother Cecil “Bundy” Sherriff.
Sherriff bequeathed his papers to the Governors of Kingston Grammar School, while his future royalties were divided between the school and the Scouts Association. He also bequeathed his home to Elmbridge Borough Council as an arts venue. It was later sold and the capital raised established the R C Sherriff Trust (formerly the Rosebriars Trust), which supports the arts within Elmbridge Borough.
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