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Sydney Hubert SPARROW

Regimental number994
Place of birthParkes, New South Wales
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMrs M Sparrow, 91 Marion Street, Enmore, New South Wales
Previous military serviceBicycle Corps and Signalers
Enlistment date14 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name20th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport Berrima on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 9 May 1917
Place of death or woundingBullecourt, France
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialGrevillers British Cemetery (Plot I, Row A, Grave No. 18), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary SPARROW, 76 Julliett Street, Marrickville, New South Wales

Military Medal

'He was in charge of Battalion scouts from 5th May, 1916 and during the period of our occupation of BOIS GRENIER Line and nightly conducted and personally led all scouting parties. This work entailed great hardships owing to the water logged condition of NO MAN'S LAND and the work was extra dangerous, for the enemy at this period had a superiority in patrol work. In reference to his work at POZIERES on night of 26th July he went forward and reconnoitred the approaches to the German line prior to the Battalion attacking. Though alone, Sergeant SPARROW remained out for over an hour and returned with most valuable information. While leading the assaulting party that same night he was severely wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

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