Sydney Sylvanus MILLS MC Update Details

MILLS, Sydney Sylvanus

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 15 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Carrieton, South Australia, 19 August 1889
Home Town: Quorn, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Schooling: University of Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 20 September 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide High School Honour Board, Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Norwood Primary School Honour Board, Peterborough Public School Honour Board WW1, Quorn Roll of Honor, Quorn War Memorial, South Australian Education Department Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

15 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: RMS Mongolia embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
9 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Officer, 10th Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
27 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 10 Battalion awm_rank: Lieutenant awm_died_date: 1917-09-20
Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion

AUFC & AUCC - Anzac Day 2015

Extract from the Adelaide University Football Club and Adelaide University Cricket Club document honouring "The Fallen" Anzac Day 2015.

Sydney played with the Adelaide University Cricket Club in the 1911/12 and 1912/ 1913 seasons while a teacher at Hindmarsh and studying for a BA. At the time of enlistment he was a teacher at Port Augusta .

Sydney enlisted on 15th September 1916 and joined the 10th Battalion on 4th August 1916. He was commissioned on 2nd December 1916. For his work on 7th May 1917 at Bullecourt, he was awarded the Military Cross “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Under heavy bombardment by the enemy he carried out the work of consolidation. His section of the trench was repeatedly blown in, but with great tenacity and courage he hung on and prevented the enemy regaining the position.” During the Battle of Polygon Wood on 20th September 1917 he was initially posted as missing but subsequently declared to be killed in action.

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Biography

Son of: Howard Mills & Susan Margaret Jordan.

Wife: Phoebe Harriet Taylor.

Service No. 2196.

He studied for Primary, Junior & Senior Teaching & 2 years for Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

Served in France & Belgium. 

Reported Missing in Action - Battlefields Belgium. Later changed to Killed In Action. Age 27.

Awarded the Military Cross on 14th August 1917 for Gallantry & Devoution to Duty.