Portsmouth sailor's pride at following in his heroic relative's footsteps

A RELATIVE of Victoria Cross winner Jack Cornwell (pictured right) has told of his pride at following in his great-great-uncle's footsteps by joining the Royal Navy.

Wednesday, 1st June 2016, 1:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st June 2016, 2:08 am

Able Seaman Alex Sardis (left), who is based in Portsmouth, was part of the service held on Orkney yesterday to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland – where his 16-year-old relative died.

AB Sardis, 23, said: ‘When I joined the navy I knew only a little about Jack Cornwell. I didn’t really realise just how important a character he was.

‘Now that I have learned more about him and his importance to the history of the Royal Navy, I feel extremely honoured to have that personal connection and to be able to help mark this anniversary.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

AB Alex Saridis

‘I can’t begin to imagine what Jack went through on that ship 100 years ago and I can only hope I never have to. He has set the bar high for my own military career, and I hope I am able to keep to the standard he set.’

AB Alex Saridis