Sydney Joseph JOHNSTON


JOHNSTON, Sydney Joseph

Service Numbers: 3580, 3580A
Enlisted: 18 February 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Drummoyne, New South Wales, 21 June 1896
Home Town: Bundaberg, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: Maryborough Grammar School
Occupation: Station overseer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 29 September 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bundaberg Christ Church Roll of Honour, Bundaberg War Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

18 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3580, Brisbane, Queensland
16 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3580, 31st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3580, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Boorara, Brisbane
29 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3580A, 31st Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

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"...3580 Private Sydney Joseph Johnston, 31st Battalion, of Bundaberg, Qld... A station overseer prior to enlistment, Pte Johnston embarked with the 8th Reinforcements from Brisbane on HMAT Boorara on 16 August 1916. He was allocated a new service number, 3580A, and was promoted to Corporal (Cpl). He was killed in action on 29 September 1917 at Polygon Wood, aged 21. Cpl Johnston has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium." - SOURCE (