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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Carns, Sydney Ryan Cuthbert (664)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 24 years

Enlistment Details: Wednesday, 7 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 664            view online service record

386 Graham Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
J Carns (father)
386 Graham Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 10 November 1915
Ship: HMAT Ascanius A11
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion

RTA: Monday, 8 April 1918
Discharged: Tuesday, 24 September 1918

Writing from France, Syd said “The Australians are the idols of the people. At every station at which we stopped, girls and women greeted us with cries of ‘Vive, Australia!’ and gave us hot bread and tea. They asked us for our badges and and begged us to write our names and addresses in their books.”

1916 ‘PORT SOLDIERS IN FRANCE.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 23 September, p. 1. , viewed 15 Sep 2016,

On 30 October 1919, Sydney was the successful applicant for Port Melbourne Council’s combined position of Dog Registration Officer, Meter Reader and Assistant Collector for Electric Supply. Over 100 applications were received*.

In his application, Sydney, indicates he has been a resident of Port all his life and is well and he hopes favourably known in the city. At the time he was living at 137 Evans Street. While serving overseas at Ypres in 1917, his right hand was blown off by an enemy shell.

Under the Repatriation Scheme he attended a Clerical and Bookkeeping course at South Melbourne Technical School.

I am every day improving with my left hand writing and after seeing the list of duties I am confident I can fulfil the position to your satisfaction.
Sydney R C Carns

Application for Port Melbourne Council's Dog Registration Officer etc by Sydney Carns, 30 October 1919. PMHPS Collection
Application for Port Melbourne Council’s Dog Registration Officer etc by Sydney Carns, 30 October 1919. PMHPS Collection

* The file of handwritten applications is part of the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society Collection

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