Oliver Alfred SYMS

SYMS, Oliver Alfred

Service Number: 62353
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements
Born: Clements Gap, Barunga West - South Australia, Australia, 10 August 1898
Home Town: Clements Gap, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 24 November 1947, aged 49 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Cheltenham Cemetery, S.A.
Memorials: Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

31 Aug 1918: Involvement Private, SN 62353, 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements
31 Aug 1918: Embarked Private, SN 62353, 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements, HMAT Barambah, Melbourne
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, SN 62353

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Oliver  Alfred Syms was the son of James and Clara Anna Bertha (nee Johns) of Clements Gap.

Oliver was born at Clements Gap on 10 August 1898. A farmer, Oliver was 19 years old when he enlisted at Port Broughton on 25 July 1918.

He was appointed to 5th Reinforcements “S” UK and on 29 August entrained to Melbourne where he embarked aboard HMAT A37 “Barambah” on 31 August. In England he was allocated to Reinforcements 27 Battalion but he would not go to the front as the war had ended three days previously. On 28 January 1919 Oliver proceeded overseas to France and on 20 March was taken on strength of 27 Battalion in Belgium.

Oliver embarked from England on 23 August 1919 and disembarked from HT “Anchises” at Outer Harbour on 5 October. He was discharged on 21 October.

 Oliver's elder brother, 938 Pte William George Syms, also served with 27 Battalion. William was killed in France.