Marshall, Sidney George

Dates:

War Service:
Trooper 1335 SIDNEY GEORGE MARSHALL of the 5th Australian Light Horse died on 17 September 1918, aged 23.

According to the Australian National Archives he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 8 June 1915 at Boonah, Queensland. He gave his occupation as baker. On 5 October 1915 he embarked on the transport Warilda at Brisbane, one of a draft of reinforcements for the 5th Light Horse in Palestine.

He was killed in action on 17 September 1918 at Ain Hajla. The Regimental War Diary for 17 September reads :
“Two troops on outpost duty. Major Cooke and Corporal Case wounded, Private H Wright reported missing and Private S Marshall killed. The casualties to our patrols were the result of extraordinary good fire discipline on the part of the enemy who, concealed in good cover, let our men ride up and after allowing screen to pass beyond them, thereby drawing main body of patrol under fire. This points to Germans being opposed to us.”

He was buried at Ain Hajla but later re-interred in the Jerusalem War Cemetery.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and on the memorial in St Bartholomew’s church, Sydenham.

Details:
He was the son of Henry and Emily Marshall, of 301, Mount Ash Rd., Sydenham. He may well have been the Sidney G Marshall who sailed from London for Melbourne in 1911.

Source:

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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