Sydney Alexander LOVEDAY


LOVEDAY, Sydney Alexander

Service Number: 371
Enlisted: 27 January 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ethelton, South Australia, 9 September 1880
Home Town: Exeter, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Private School
Occupation: Seaman
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 20 September 1917, aged 37 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide Australian Harbours Board WW1 Roll of Honour, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Birkenhead WW1 Harbors Board Employees Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

27 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 371, Keswick, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 371, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 371, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 371, 27th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born:  9 September 1880 in Ethelton, South Australia
(SA Births 1842 - 1906 Book: 246 Page: 480 District: PtA.)

Father Richard John Loveday - b. 1844 Yorkshire, England - d. 3/8/1925, Norwood, SA
(left family when Sydney was 5 years of age)
1921 - he was living c/o Old Men's Retreat, Beaumont, SA;  and
Mother Jane Hampton Loveday (nee Lauder/Lawder) - b. 1846 - d. 31/12/1905 Exeter, SA

Richard John LOVEDAY - b. 7/11/1864 Reedbeds, Adelaide, SA
Ann Elizabeth LOVEDAY - b. 22/11/1865 Bowden, SA - d. 15/3/1866 Reedbeds, SA
Ellen Irvine LOVEDAY - b. 28/6/1867 Reedbeds, SA - d. 4/10/1868 One Tree Hill, SA
Edith Alice HAGAN (nee LOVEDAY) - b. 2/5/1873 Salisbury, SA - d. 9/4/1921
   m. Thomas Hagan
Horace Percival LOVEDAY - b. 28/1/1877 Para Hills, SA
Edith Marion LOVEDAY - b. 5/11/1870, Reedbeds, SA - d. 5/8/1871, Reedbeds, SA
David Lawder LOVEDAY - b. 1878  lived at Walker Street, Birkenhead, SA
Julia McKenzie LOVEDAY - b.  1882

Sydney lived at his Sister Edith's address, Woolnough Road, Exeter, SA, on enlisting.

Nephew in service (son of Edith):
Lieutenant Thomas Percival HAGAN - 32nd Infantry Battalion
b. 21/6/1894 - known as "Percy"
lived at Woolnough Road, Exeter, South Australia
08/08/1914  enlisted into WWI
18/11/1915  embarked Outer Harbour, SA onboard HMAT A2 Geelong
                   as a Lieutenant with 32nd Battalion, B Company
19/07/1916  Killed in Action
Percy is known to have reached the German support trenches with the 32nd,
in spite of impossible odds.
No known grave
He is commemorated on:-
- V.C. Corner (Panel No 4), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
- Panel 120 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT

Sydney was described on enlisting as 33 years 4 months of age; 5' 5.5" tall; 126 lbs;
fair complexion; grey eyes; fair hair; Church of England

Previous military service:
Served in the Naval Reserve and Mercantile Marine.

27/01/1915  enlisted into WWI at Keswick, SA

27/01/1915  appointed to 'C' Company, 27th Infantry Battalion, Oaklands Park

31/05/1915  embarked Outer Harbour, SA onboard HMAT A2 Geelong
                   as a Private with 27th Battalion, C Company

04/09/1915  embarked Alexandria to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces in Gallipoli

10/01/1916  disembarked into Alexandria, ex Mudros

16/03/1916  proceeded to join British Expeditionary Forces, ex Alexandria
21/03/1916  disembarked into Marseilles, France

08/05/1917  granted furlo (leave) to England, ex France
20/05/1917  rejoined unit

09/08/1917  permanently detached to 2nd Division Signal Company in France
16/09/1917  rejoined 27th Infantry Battalion, France

20/09/1917  killed in action at the Battle of Menin Road, Belgium
                   Private (Signaller) with 27th Infantry Battalion

No known grave

His name is commemorated on:
- Panel 23 at The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium
- Panel 110 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
- the South Australian Harbors Board WWI Memorial, Birkenhead, Port Adelaide, SA

Medals:       1914/15 Star (22023); British War medal (13210); Victory medal (13150)
                  Memorial Plaque and Scroll (331245)

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  17/04/2017.  Lest we forget.