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Sydney William DENNIS

Regimental number1252
Place of birthLondon, England
SchoolSurrey College, Brixton Hill, London, England
Age on arrival in Australia25
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMaster butcher
AddressDwellingup, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 8.25"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Dennis, c/o Mrs Brown, Guildersfield Road, Streatham, London, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Killed by shell while leading bombing party in an attack, 19/7/16. May I just add his life was one of [the] straightest & best and he gave it willingly.' (details from sister, Mrs Dorothy Brown, London)
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 4), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex 'Geelong', 18 December 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, Ferry Post, 26 May 1916.

Embarked to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Translation of German report, 25 October 1919, 'Iden: Disc handed over by Intell: Off: with 6th Army H.Q. through Central Office for Deceased Estates, 12/10/16[.] Australian Soldier S. W. Dennis, Iden: Disc 1252, 32nd Btn. fell in the neighbourhood of Fromelles on 19/7/16'.

On 20 February 1920, one of Lance Corporal Dennis' sisters, Mrs Dorothy Brown, wrote to Base Records and requested particulars about Lance Corporal Dennis' burial site. The Officer in Charge of Base Records replied on 16 April 1920 and noted, 'I regret to state no burial particulars have yet been received here regarding your brother, the late No.1252 Lance-Corporal S. W. Dennis, 32nd Battalion.'

Red Cross File No 910508: 'The above man appeared on German list dated 4-11-16.'

'Disc received from Germany AND (sic) forwarded to N/K. 11.5.17.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSister's subsequent address: Ethel B. Dennis, 23 Richmond Road, Easter, Devon; then 362 Wimborne Road, Winton, Bournemouth, Hants, England
SourcesNAA: B2455, DENNIS Sydney William
Red Cross file 910508

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