Sydney Fenner Blencowe
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||c1889|
|Place of Birth||Dulwich, Surrey, England|
|Death||11 Apr 1917|
|Place of Death||Reincourt, France|
|Age at Enlistment||25 years, 11 months|
5'3¼" (1.61m) tall ; 119lbs|
53.977 kg; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; dark hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Victoria Park, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Francis Blencowe|
|Date of Enlistment||22 Jul 1915|
|Unit/Formation||16th Battalion, 9th Reinforcements, transferred to the 48th Battalion|
|Date of Embarkation||4 Oct 1915 ‒ 27 Oct 1915|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A20 Hororata|
|Fate||Killed in Action 11 Apr 1917 1st Bullecourt|
Gosnells War Memorial |
Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Postmaster General's Department Roll of Honour Commonwealth of Australia Building, Perth
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
Aged 22 when he migrated to Australia having earlier spent 4 years in the Canadian North West Territories.
Electoral Roll entries: 1916 - 1917 Cecil street, Victoria Park, letter carrier.
Sydney entered camp on 22 Jul 1915, and on 1 Aug 1915 he was posted to the 9th reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion with whom he travelled to Egypt.
At Ismailia in Egypt on 9 Jan 1916, Sydney was taken on strength by the 16th Battalion from the reinforcement pool, but with the reorganisation of the Australian Imperial Force, he was transferred to the new 48th Battalion on 3 Mar 1916. Four Officers and 349 other ranks joined with him in making the change from the 16th to the 48th that day.
On 2 Jun 1916, along with the rest of the 48th Battalion he boarded the HMT Caledonia in Alexandria for Marseilles where they disembarked on 9 Jun 1916. Loaded into cattle trucks, 30 men per truck they were given 4 days rations to last the journey north to Hazebrouck. Their first taste of the front lines occurring nearing Fleurbaix.
There is no other entry in Sydney's military records before the entry noting his death on 11 Apr 1917 at Bullecourt. The Red Cross appear to have conducted a check of German POW camps and noted that he was not a POW in Germany.
It is to be assumed that his presence on the Gosnells Memorial is based on his working in the district as he lived in Victoria Park.