Sidney Gerald JONES

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JONES, Sidney Gerald

Service Number: 1573
Enlisted: 15 December 1914, Deniliquin, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Pioneer Battalion
Born: Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, 4 May 1895
Home Town: Deniliquin, Deniliquin, New South Wales
Schooling: Deniliquin Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Pozières, France, 28 July 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

15 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1573, Deniliquin, New South Wales
19 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1573, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1573, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
8 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1573, 7th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
8 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1573, 7th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli, GSW (head)
28 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1573, 1st Pioneer Battalion, Battle for Pozières

Pilgrimage for Sidney

On 31 July 2018, my husband and I visited the Australian Memorial at Pozieres. Somewhere in the vacinity would have been where Sidney was killed in action on the 28th July 1916.
The following day, 1st August 2018 we visited The Australian National War Memorial & Cemetary at Villers-Bretonneux. We located Sidney's name on the wall (he has no known grave.)
This experience was one of high emotion for me and my tears fell as they would have over 100 years ago when his family learnt of his death.
I thank my Mum, Pamela McGann for passsing on the information she researched on Sidney so we could visit him.
The reason we made this journey was to remember him and let him know we are grateful for the service and sacrifice he made for our country, we will never forget.
Sandra Fanani.

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Biography

NOTE: Two different spellings of first Given Name. Official Enlistment papers as signed by Pte Jones indicate spelling of SYDNEY. The official paperwork required for the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour completed by his Father indicate the spelling as SIDNEY. Both are recorded on this site. RSL Virtual War Memorial Chief Moderator

Joined his battalion at Gallipoli on 08 May 1915. Sid suffered a GSW to the head at Lone Pine on 08 Aug 1915, and was evacuated to Alexandria, Egypt.

After almost 3 months of recovery, Pte Jones returned to duty on 08 Nov 1915. Soon enough he was disembarking at Marseilles, France on 02 Apr 1916, for his final campaign.

"On Wednesday Mr John Jones, of Henry Street, was notified by the Defence Department that his son, Private Sidney Jones, had been killed in action in France. Private Jones was a native of Deniliquin, and was about 21 or 22 years of age. He was amongst the very first to enlist from here, and some twelve months ago he received a severe wound in the face at Gallipoli. We condole with his parents in their bereavement." - from the Deniliquin Independent 18 Aug 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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