WILLIAMS, Sydney Lory
(Service number 1196)

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Date Unknown Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 5 October 1914 Age 24 years 5 months
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Seaman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Rev W J WILLIAMS, Hardwicke Street, Sumner, Christchurch
Religion Methodist
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Australian Imperial Force, 5th Battalion
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 1st Reinforcement
Date 22 December 1914
Transport Themistocoles
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

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Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Sydney Lory WILLIAMS was the yougest son of the Rev. William James WILLIAMS, sometime Wesleyan minister at Timaru, by his first wife Alice Mary née HOSKING. Educated in Auckland, at Central Nelson School and at Nelson Boys' College. He was awarded the DCM and the Military Medal. He was one of five brother engaged in World War I activity. Brother Bertram Victor WILLIAMS was killed in action in 1917 in WWI; brother Hugh Hosking WILLIAMS served in WWI & WWII; brother Owen Wallis WILLIAMS served with distinction in WWI, brother Harold Whitmore WILLIAMS was a war correspondent in WWI.


Cenotaph Database [27 August 2015]; Timaru Herald, 5 June 1915, 6 July 1915, Colonist, 5, & 21 June 1915, 10 July 1915, 14 September 1916, 15 June 1917, Manawatu Times, 6 July 1915, 20 September 1915, Ashburton Guardian, 17 September 1915, Press, 12 September 1916, 26 April 1919, 19 February 1921. Nelson Evening Mail, 14 December 1916, New Zealand Herald, 12 May 1936,

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