Sidney James Wells

First Name: 
Sidney
Middle Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Wells
Mother's Name: 
Matilda Wells nee Toole
Father's Name: 
William Wells
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, November 12, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
45th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Saturday, July 8, 1916
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Sidney Wells (Service No 1427) was born in Goulburn, N.S.W. around 1889.

When Sidney enlisted at the age of 25, he lived at Bellambi, N.S.W. was employed as a labourer, and was a single man.

He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee with 2nd Reinforcements, 13th Battalion on 11th February 1915.  The troops arrived on Gallipoli on 30th April 1915 and Sidney served with 13th battalion until he was admitted to hospital on Gallipoli on 19th August 1915. Sidney's papers have no recorded reason for his hospital admission.

The next entry on Sidney's National Archives of Australia (NAA) file is of an admission to hospital at Mudros, Lesbos, on 5th December 1915, again no reason recorded.

On 3rd March 1916 Sidney was transferred to 45th Battalion in Egypt and the troops were sent to France, arriving on 8th June 1916.

Sidney was killed in action on 8th July 1916 and is buried in Rue-David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France; Plot I, Row E, Grave 12.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, WELLS SIDNEY JAMES

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