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Sydney Raymond BOND

Regimental number2336
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolWollahra Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Brooklyn', Tara Street, Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5"
Weight114 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Caroline Bond, 'Brooklyn', Tara Street, Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 August 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A75 Ballarat on 6 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For conspicuous gallantry as a member of a rifle grenade section which attacked several enemy strong points with marked success during operations at Lagnicourt.
Recommendation date: 25 April 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAwarded the Military Medal.
FateKilled in Action 3 May 1917
Place of death or woundingBullecourt, France
Date of death3 May 1917
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Caroline Lucie and the late Thomas William BOND, "Brooklyn", Tara Street, Woollahra, New South Wales

Military Medal

'These men [BOND, 234 A.J. McMAHON, 5331 G.E. ELLIOTT, and 5301 T.P. BOURKE] are members of a rifle grenade section which did excellent work during the operations on 15th April at LAGNICOURT. The section was advancing through the village when a strong point was discovered in the right of the village Q a trench about 20 yards long. They attacked the strong point vigorously and caused the garrison of 25 to surrender. Continuing the advance along a sunken road on the right of the village they came upon a number of the enemy strongly entrenched on a ridge. They immediately attacked the position with rifle grenades, inflicting severe casualties on the enemy and caused the remaining 27 to surrender.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

SourcesNAA: B2455, BOND Sydney Raymond

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