"Too far away thy grave to see, but not too far to think of thee"
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SYDES, Edward John
Australian Chaplain Department
Chaplain 4th Class
Born: 24 November 1863 in Brisbane, Queensland
NOK listed as Friend: Rev. John RYAN
Of Richmond, Victoria
Occupation prior to enlisting: Priest
Enlisted: 7 May 1917
Embarkation: 14 June 1917 from Sydney per ‘Hororata’
Age: 53 years
Served in England & France
Died of Illness: 15 November 1918
Buried: St Marys Roman Catholic Cemetery, London, England
Melbourne University Records of Active Service
Service no 2371
Born Richmond, Victoria
Son of Israel and Hannah SYMONS
Of 'Bramber' 4 Bailey Crescent, East St. Kilda, Vic.
Occupation prior to enlistment Farmer
Enlisted 15 July 1915 at Melbourne, Vic.
Served in France and Belgium
Killed in action 04 October 1917 in Belgium
Aged 25 years
Commemorated Ypres Menin Gate Memorial
Australian Jewry Roll of Honour
SYMONS, William John
Born 10 July 1889 at Eaglehawk Vic.
Son of Mary Emma SYMONS
Of 8 Burchett Street, East Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic.
Occupation prior to enlistment Traveller
Enlisted 17 August 1914
Awarded Victoria Cross
'For most conspicuous bravery on the night of 8th-9th August, 1915, at Lone Pine trenches, in the Gallipoli Peninsula. He was in command of the right section of the newly captured trenches held by his battalion, and repelled several counter attacks with great coolness. At about 5 a.m. on 9th August a series of determined attacks were made by the enemy on the isolated sap, and six officers were in succession killed or severely wounded, a portion of the sap being lost. Lieutenant Symons then led a charge and retook the lost sap, shooting two Turks with his revolver. The sap was under hostile fire from three sides, and Lieutenant Symons withdrew some fifteen yards to a spot where some overhead cover could be obtained, and, in the face of heavy fire, built up a sand barricade. The enemy succeeded in setting fire to the fascines and woodwork of the head cover, but Lieutenant Symons extinguished the fire and rebuilt the barricade. His coolness and determination finally compelled the enemy to discontinue their attacks.'
Returned to Australia 16 August 1918