Captain Frank Henry (‘Paddy’) Sirkett was born in 1908 and grew up on the Isle of Wight. He was part of 367 Battery and captured at Cassel on 30th May 1940 at the age of 32 years. His brother Gerald Sirkett was a bomb disposal officer in the Royal Engineers and also served in the B.E.F. in 1940. Gerald was able to escape with British forces at Dunkirk.
In 1955, Paddy Sirkett married Sarah (Sally) who now lives on the Isle of Wight. Their first born was christened Nevil; in most of the photographs of the period Captain Sirkett is seen standing next to Major Nevill Christopherson.