Sydney Chadwick McDonald
|Date of Birth||25 Sep 1899|
|Place of Birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Death||14 Jul 1975, aged 75|
|Place of Death||West Heidelberg, Victoria|
|Age at Enlistment||19 years old (actual age 16)|
5'6½" (1.69m) tall ; 147 lbs|
66.678 kg; ruddy complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair
|Address||Kelmscott, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Mother , Mrs Elizabeth Agnes McDonald|
|Date of Enlistment||20 Sep 1915|
|Unit/Formation||10th Light Horse Regiment, 14th Reinforcement, transferred to 24th FAB, and then 28th Battalion|
|Date of Embarkation||16 Feb 1916 ‒ 13 Mar 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A69 Warilda|
|Date of Return||16 Jun 1919 ‒ 24 Jul 1919|
|Ship Returned On||RMS Ormonde|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
British War Medal |
Entering camp on 20 Sep 1915, it was not until 12 Feb 1916, just before he sailed to Egypt, that he was allocated to the 14th reinforcement draft for the 10th Light Horse Regiment.
Soon after arrival in Egypt Syd was transferred to Artillery at Heliopolis on 1 Apr 1916 and mustered as a Gunner with 4th Division Ammunition Column. Within 2 months he became a temporary Driver, and after arriving in France on the SS Oriana on 13 June, Syd was taken on strength by the 24th Field Artillery Brigade from 4th Division Ammunition Column, and posted to the 112th Battery.
In late Jan 1917 he was shifted to the 12th FAB. In Jul 1917 he was charged with disobeying an order, and for galloping a horse on a paved road. Three months later he was charged with having a light burning after sundown. In late Oct 1917 he was ill with dermatitis, and spent time at the 3rd General Hospital in Le Tréport, before transferring to UK on HMHS Panama. He spent from 30 Jan - 25 Mar 1918 in the Royal Victoria Hospital and 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital from 26 - 28 Mar 1918.
On 17 May 1918 Syd was admitted to the 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital] at Bulford for four days and didn't return to France until late Sep 1918. When he did so it was as a reinforcement for the 28th Battalion.
In January 1919 he fell foul of Military authorities again, being charged with AWOL and Drunkenness.
Discharged 5th Military District 15 Sep 1919.
In 1921 married Iris Polkinghorne in Fremantle. Iris is no longer with Sydney from the early 1930s, and in 1936, an Iris McDonald married Walter Robinson in the Murchison, so it would appear that Iris and Sydney had been divorced.
Electoral Roll entries: 1925 a telephone employee living at Perth road, Albany; 1930 - 31 in Richmond street Cue with Iris, a linesman; 1934 alone at Kulin; 1936 - 1937 at 115 Brandon street, South Perth; 1943 a linesman at Mundiwindi; 1949 an estimating foreman at 30 Forrest street, North Perth; 1954 - 1958 at 327 Pier street, line inspector; and then no occupation later in the year; 1963 a pensioner at 10 Crossland street, Carnarvon; 1972 at 89 Rennie crescent, Hilton.
During WW2 he enlisted in the Citizen's Military Forces with regimental N0 W76996 in Carnarvon.
In 1972 the 10th Light Horse Association writes to the Military authorities on his behalf seeking replacement copies of his medals.
Memorialised at Karrakatta