Sylvester Murray WYNN

WYNN, Sylvester Murray

Service Number: NX24779
Enlisted: 3 June 1940
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 7th Division Signals
Born: Mosman, New South Wales, Australia, 27 April 1920
Home Town: Chatswood, Willoughby, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Typhus, Dysentery, New Guinea, 4 February 1943, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Plot A1, Row B, Row 5,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Jun 1940: Enlisted NX24779, Enlisted at Paddington, New South Wales
3 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lance Corporal, NX24779
18 Oct 1940: Embarked NX24779, Rank: Corporal
7 Aug 1942: Embarked Corporal, NX24779, To Port Moresby
11 Dec 1942: Promoted Lance Corporal
4 Feb 1943: Involvement Lance Corporal, NX24779, 7th Division Signals

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Sylvester Murray WYNN was born on 27th April, 1920 in Mosman, Sydney

His parents were Sylvester Alfred WYNN and Ethel May HAYES who married in 1913 in Liverpool, England

He had previous service for 12 months in the Signals I Cav. Division as a Corporal (SN455003) before he enlisted on 3rd June, 1940 & embarked for the Middle East on 18th October 1940 - he served for 17 months at Tobruk and Syria and also at the Owen Stanley Ranges.

He returned to Australia (Adelaide) on 15th March, 1942 and obtained leave of absense, before embarking again from Brisbane on 7th August, 1942 to Port Moresby where he arrived on 14th August, 1942.  He detached for duty to 14th Infantry Brigade on 27th August, 1942 and rejoined the unit on 4th September, 1942 - his last unit was the 7 division signals (AIF)

Sylvester died of illness on 4th February, 1943 at the Australian General Hospital, New Guinea and is buried in the Bomana Cemetery in Port Moresby

The inscription reads:


His name is memorialised at the Australian War Memorial


His father Sylvester Alfred WYNN also served in WW1 (SN342) and was with the 1st Light Horse - he was born in Harpurhey, Manchester, England


OBITUARY for Sylvester Murray WYNN (AIF)

only son of the late Captain Sylvester A Wynn and Mrs E Wynn, Macartney Ave , Chatswood, served for 17 months at Tobruk and Syria and again on the Owen Stanley Ranges aged 22 years

WYNN February 4, 1943 - Lance Corporal Sylvester Murray Wynn, only brother of Elsie, Kathleen & Sylvia and loving friend of Miss Jean Milner of Beaview St Balgowlah , aged 22 years