No. 22924 Sydney Laskie Barnett
[Listed on RSL Honor Board as S. L. Barrett, but correct name is Sydney Laskie Barnett]
Sydney Laskie was born to Simms Barnett and Grace Alberta Jemisson Laskie in 1893 at Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.
He had the following siblings:
- Grace Bertha
- Lawrence Walter
- Selina Alice
- Archibald Laskie
- Simms John
- Alice Kathleen
- Ann Sylvia
- Edith Nellie Lillian
Sydney enlisted into the Army of Melbourne, Victoria on 15 December 1915. He was aged 19 years and 2 months and was five feet and four and a quarter inches tall. Sydney weighed 119 pounds and had chest measurement of thirty one to thirty five inches. His complexion was listed as dark, with dark brown eyes and dark brown hair.
All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
He proceeded overseas to France on 30 December 1916 after training and he was with the 3rd Division Trench Motar Battery, Bombardier. Sydney was in France from 15 May 1917 to 11 April 1919.
Sydney attended wool training at Bradford Technical College in Bradford from 18 June 1919 to 23 August 1919. He returned to Australia on 26 February 1920. and was discharged from the Army on 19 April 1920.
Sydney married Hilda Ellen Tucker in 1933. According to Electoral Rolls they appear to have lived in the Dandenong, Springvale and Clayton areas from 1942 through to 1968.
Sydney died on 31 July 1970 in East Malvern, Victoria at the age of 73.
Hilda died in 1974 in Heidelberg Victoria.
There were no Barrett's with the initials L.W., S.J. or S.L. that enlisted. It is believed that the change from Barrett to Barnett was just an early typographical error.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
National Archives of Australia