Sydney Dillah (Sidney Dellar) FAIRLAND

FAIRLAND, Sydney Dillah (Sidney Dellar)

Service Number: 495
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Trumpeter
Last Unit: 1st Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Drummoyne, New South Wales, 22 January 1897
Home Town: Drummoyne, Canada Bay, New South Wales
Schooling: North Sydney Church of England Grammar School
Occupation: Clerk
Memorials: Northbridge (Shore) Sydney Church of England Grammar School Memorial Cricket Ground Roll of Honour, Sydney Morning Herald and Sydney Mail Record of War Service
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 495, Sydney, New South Wales
18 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Trumpeter, 495, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Trumpeter, 495, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, HMAT Argyllshire, Sydney
3 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Trumpeter, 495, 1st Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Only son of Mr. S.H. Fairland, Sidney was born at Drummoyne on January 22, 1897, and educated at the Church of England Grammar School, North Sydney.  He joined the clerical staff of the Sydney Morning Herald in 1913.

One of the first to enlist from the office he joined the No. 1 Battery of the Field Artillery, First Australian Division, as a trumpeter, and sailed from Sydney by the 'Argyllshire' on October 17, 1914.  He saw service in Egypt, Gallipoli, and France, and was twice gassed, lsing his voice and eyesight for some weeks in consequence.

At the front he acted as despatch rider, a hazardous and difficult task, and was offered promotion, but, like many others, preferred to remain in the ranks with his comrades.