The battle for Crete started on the 20th May with the early morning waves of airborne landings.
This is my story, this is my song,
We’ve been on this island too blooming long.
When we came here “Old Crete” to defend,
We hadn’t the faintest how it would end.
Another withdrawal, strategic retreat,
Our Officers leading the race to the fleet.
And just as they left us at Spakhia Bay,
They gave us this message while they sailed away.
Now Boys do not panic, things will turn out alright,
The Navy will come back, on Sunday night.
But they needn’t have worried, ‘Jerry knew of our plan,
And by noon on the Sunday, had got each single man.
Now here we all are, right in the mire
Studying the Germans, from behind the barbed wire.
The ‘Jerry’ is busy, or so they say,
Over in Europe, keeping Russia away.
Here is a new one; it’s just come to hand,
Were being “repatted” to Old Gyppo Land.
It can’t be too soon, don’t delay it too long,
And fulfil the wish of this Prison Song.
While Sidney was a prisoner on Crete he got on with the German guards, and when he mentioned this at a meeting after the war in Skipton, he shocked those who were there. Sidney found that some of the Germans guarding the prisoners were Austrians who were part of the Alpine Force and they enjoyed climbing and football so they had things to talk about.
The first Sidney’s family knew that he was missing was on the 21st July 1941 when they received a letter from the War Office stating that Sidney was posted as “missing” on the 2nd June. As soon as Sidney could he wrote the following postcard to his family on the 25th June.
I am a prisoner of war in German Custody.
I am unwounded and quite well. Please do not write to me until you hear from me again as I am at present only in a Transit Camp.
 Antony Beevor, Crete: The Battle and the Resistance, (London, 1991) p.102
 Interview with Sidney Waterfall, c.2002
 Antony Beevor, Crete; p.218
 Antony Beevor, Crete; p.226
 Personal Papers of Sidney Waterfall