Sidney Francis Till

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Sidney Francis Till
Personal Information
Date of Birth unknown
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Place of Birth Tottenham, England
Death 29 Jul 1947, aged 64
Place of Death Armadale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 33 years, 5 months
Description 5' 3½" (1.61m) tall ; 108 lbs
48.988 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair ; top of little finger of right hand missing
Occupation Farm labourer
Religion Church of England
Address c/- Mr A Briggs, Armadale, Western Australia (A Briggs is listed as a farmer in the Post Office Directory of the time).
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Alice Till
Military Information
Reg Number 5106
Date of Enlistment 10 Mar 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement / 7th Brigade, 2nd Division
Date of Embarkation 18 Jul 1916 ‒ 9 Sep 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A48 Seang Bee
Date of Return 12 Dec 1918 ‒ 18 Jan 1919
Ship Returned On HMAT A71 Nestor
Fate Wounded in Action 9 Aug 1918 at Lions
Returned to Australia
Monument Armadale War Memorial (West Armadale panel)
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1909 at 57 John street, Fremantle a groom; 1912 - 1916 Wongong Brook, a farm labourer

War Service

Original training received at the Helena Vale Camp before being allocated to the 13th replacement draft for the 28th Battalion on 4 Apr 1916.

On arrival in England, Sid was sent to the 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone to prepare for service in France and Belgium.

He proceeded to France from Folkestone on the HMT Victoria on 16 Nov 1916, and was taken on strength by the 28th Battalion in France on 4 Dec 1916, having spent the intervening period in the Base Depot.

On 28 Jan 1917 he was charged with appearing on parade unshaven and with dirty ammunition, and awarded 48 hours Field Punishment. On 6 June 1917, feeling unwell, he reported to the 5th Australian Field Ambulance before being passed to the 56th Casualty Clearing Station, who placed him on a hospital train to Rouen where he was admitted on 9 Jul 1917 to the No 11 Stationary Hospital. On 26 Jul 1916 he embarked for England on HMHS St George, to be admitted to the Devonport Military Hospital with pyrexia of unknown origin.

As his health improved he was moved on 17 Aug 1917 to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Dartford and after discharge on 20 Aug 1917 he enjoyed a fortnight's furlough. A lengthy period in the No 4 Command Depot at Codford followed before he was ready to return to France.

On 27 Dec 1917 he embarked again for France ex Longbridge-Deverill, and rejoined the 28th Battalion on 4 Jan 1918. On 4 May 1918 he absented himself from a billeted area, which was serious enough to earn him 20 days Field Punishment, and the loss of 15 days pay.

At 4:35 am on 9 Aug 1917, Sid was amongst the men of the 28th Battalion that commenced an attack on the ruined village of Lihons in support of the Canadians on their right. The battalion's objective was more than 3,000 metres away, but by 6:55am it had been reached, and they were then relieved by the 26th and 27th Battalions at 8:00am. Sid's wounds (Shell Wound to right thigh) had been received before that time.

He was first assessed by the 8th Australian Field Ambulance, and then the 53rd Casualty Clearing Station before being placed on a hospital train for Boulogne, where on 14 Aug 1918 Sid was evacuated on the HS Stad Antwerpen to England.

In England he was admitted to the Essex County Hospital in Colchester before transferring to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital Dartford where he remained between 19 Sep and 16 Oct 1918 rebuilding his strength. Discharged to the No 2 Command Depot.

Invalided home on 12 Dec 1918, and discharged at 5th Military District on 2 Mar 1919.

Mentioned in the 1917 Feb-Mar edition of The drill of the Foot-Hills which calls him Samuel F.Till "overseas with the 28th Battalion.".

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1919 - 1925 Wongong Brook, a farm labourer; 1931 - 1943 c/- Briggs, Eighth road, Armadale. It would appear that he worked for Briggs for more then 30 years.


Sid is buried in the Karrakatta Cemetery.

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