Peter McInnes Syme

First Name: 
Peter
Middle Name: 
Mcinnes
Last Name: 
Syme
Mother's Name: 
Margaret Syme nee Postlewaite
Father's Name: 
Duncan Syme
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, July 24, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
56th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, December 26, 1918
Place of Death: 
Catillon, France
Cause of Death: 
Accidental
Details: 

Peter McInnes Syme (Service No 2830), was born in 1893.

Peter was orphaned when he was very young and had to move from Helensburgh, N.S.W. to Lithgow, N.S.W., to live with relatives.

At enlistment he was a single, 22 years old, worked as a farmer and had served with the Cadets. Peter embarked on HMAT A14 Euripides, with the 20th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement, on 2nd November 1915. He was transferred to the 56th Battalion in Egypt on 16th February 1916. Peter arrived in France on 29th June 1916 and was admitted to hospital due to sickness the same day. He did not return to duty until after the Battle of Fromelles.

Peter survived the war but was injured in a gas attack on 1st October 1918. After treatment, he was attached to the Australian Provost Corps as an Officer's Batman.

On 26th December 1918, Peter was with a French civilian, at Catillon, France, fishing with bombs, when it is believed one of the bombs exploded, killing both men. There were no witnesses but it it believed a bomb exploded and both were killed.

Peter is buried in Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-Au-Bois, France, Plot II, Row 1, Grave 20.

Peter's brothers John Syme (Service No 279) and Duncan Syme (Service No 4270) also served.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, SYME PETER MCINNESS

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