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Sydney Thomas LUCAS

Regimental number680
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPiano Tuner
Address51 Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, T L Lucas, 51 Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'(Near Le Barque, 24-26 February 1917) Continuous and marked devotion to duty and coolness under fire as Lewis gunner.'
Recommendation date: 10 March 1917

Military Medal


'Work at Villeret on 18 September 1918.'

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'At VILLERET on the 18th September, 1918, Sergeant LUCAS observed an enemy machine gun inflicting casualties on the troops on his right, using very cool judgment he worked round to a flank and caused the enemy Team to flee. This allowed the Line toadvance without any opposition and resulted in killing two of the machine gun crew. Again on the advance, he engaged another machine gun, by charging the crew and causing them to flee in terror. The boldness displayed by this N.C.O. and lack of hesitiation was a means of overcoming the enemy and making good our advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 July 1937
Age at death47
Place of burialBallina Cemetery, New South Wales

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