Sydney Barnett

First Name: 
Sydney
Last Name: 
Barnett
Mother's Name: 
Eliza Barnett (nee Ratcliffe)
Father's Name: 
Frederick Barnett
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, March 23, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
42nd Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, July 31, 1917
Place of Death: 
Messines, Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Sydney Barnett (Service No 1800) was born in Cobar, N.S.W. around 1885. He enlisted in Queensland and at which time was 31 years old, single, and working as a labourer. Sydney listed his widowed Mother who lived at Bulli, N.S.W. as his next of kin.

Sydney embarked from Brisbane on board HMAT A 42 Boorora on 16th August 1916 with 2nd Reinforcements, 42nd Battalion. The troops arrived in England on 14th October 1916, then were sent on to France, arriving on 17th February 1917.

While fighting at Messines in Belgium, Sydney was killed in action.
There is no known grave. Sydney is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belgium.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BARNETT S

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