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Surgeon Lieutenant Sidney Lewis Binderman was an American officer of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who died during the Second World War.

He was born on 2 July 1915,[1] in New York, the son of Russian-born parents Dr. Nahum and Bessie Binderman.[2] A graduate of Cambridge, with an MB, B.Chir, Bindermann was casualty officer at Addenbrooke's Hospital before he entered the RNVR.[1]

Binderman died on 15 March 1942, when the V-class destroyer HMS Vortigern was torpedoed by the German E-boat S104 off Cromer, with the loss of 104 crew. There were 14 survivors from the destroyer, which had been escorting a coastal convoy.[3] Binderman had been assigned to Vortigern only a number of days prior to the vessel's loss.[1]

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Plymouth Naval Memorial.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 British Medical Journal, p. 455, 4 April 1942, Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  2. United States Census, 1930,
  3. HMS Vortigern, Retrieved 22 August 2013.