Sydney Eric Mills

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Sydney Eric Mills
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 12 Dec 1912
Place of Birth Wungong Farm, Armadale, Western Australia
Death 14 Mar 1987
Place of Death South Caroling, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 28 years, 7 months
Description 5'6" (1.68m) tall ; ; medium complexion ; light brown eyes ; dark brown hair ; scars on right foot and 2 fingers
Occupation Farmer
Religion Methodist
Address 'Masonville' Aldersyde, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Victoria Maria Mills
Military Information
Reg Number W22217 & WX35801
Date of Enlistment 22 Jul 1941 & 9 Dec 1942
Rank Sergeant
Unit/Formation 3rd Australian Corps Provost Company
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 27 Nov 1944 ‒ ? Dec 1944
Transport Details unknown AUstralia to Port Moresby
Return to Australia
Journey Dates ? Dec 1945 ‒ 11 Dec 1945
Transport Details unknown Port Moresby to Australia
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries: 1936 - 1943 at 'Masonville', Aldersyde, farmer;

War Service

Sydney was mobilised on 22 Jul 1941, and called up for full time duty on 15 Dec 1941 when he was posted to the Western Command Provost Company and then sent to the 13th Australian Infantry Training Battalion at Melville. Syd attended a Motor Cycle Drivers and Maintnenace Course in March/April 1942 at the Army School of Mechanisation. Syd was granted a period of Leave Without Pay from 24 Aug 1942 until 5 Jan 1943. At the time Syd changed his enlistment to the 2nd AIF (9 Dec 1942), he was a Corporal posted to the Western Command Provost Company.

In April/May 1943 as a Sergeant, Syd attended No. 6 Australian Army Provost Corps School in Western Australia. "Has a logical mind and displays constructive thinking. Modest and Unassuming. Has persevered with his studies. Keen on his work. Appears sound and reliable. Has done very well.[1].

Syd served in New Guinea from 27 Nov 1944 until 11 Dec 1945 with 3rd Australian Corps Provost Company (Lae Base Sub Area), during which time he attended the New Guinea School of Signals - Special Provost Course No. 2, from 30 Jul to 4 Aug 1945. On 12 Nov 1945 the HQ Queensland Lines of COmmunication Area granted him Special priority for discharge, and transferred him to Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot where he was discharged on 22 Jan 1946.

Post War

On 16 Oct 1947 Sydney married Elsie (Elise) May Richards in the Beverley district. They had 4 children: Colleen, Darralyn, Murray, and Valerie

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1980 at 'Masonville', Aldersyde, farmer;


The itemised record of Sydney's service is not included in the scanned records provided by the Australian Archives. Therefore the following record is incomplete, requiring estimation as to what his experience may have been based on those records that have been provided.

  1. Confidential Report from LHQ Provost School dated 14 May 1943

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