Duncan Leslie Syme

First Name: 
Duncan
Middle Name: 
Leslie
Last Name: 
Syme
Mother's Name: 
Margaret (nee Postlewaite)
Father's Name: 
Duncan
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, September 18, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
2nd Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, July 25, 1916
Place of Death: 
Poziere France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Duncan Syme (Service No 4270) was born in Helensburgh about 1896 and moved with his family to Lithgow where he attended school, serving in the junior cadets. At the time of enlistment he was a single 19 year old printer. He embarked on HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20th December 1915 with 13th Reinforcements, 4th Battalion. After arriving in Egypt Duncan was transferred to 2nd Battalion on 14th February 1916 and went to France with them. He arrived in France on 28th March 1916. Duncan was in the Somme battles at Poziere on 25th July 1916 when he was killed in action. He was buried near Poziere but the grave was lost and he has no known grave. Duncan is remembered on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneaux. His brother John Syme (Service No 279) was killed at Gallipoli and another brother Peter Syme (Service No 2830) was killed on 26th December 1918 at Catillon, France.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, SYME DUNCAN LESLIE

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