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Holmes, Sydney Hercules (Lieutenant/330)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 23 years 5 months

Enlistment Details: Wednesday, 3 May 1916 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: Lieutenant/330            view online service record

132 Nott Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Mary A Holmes (mother)
132 Nott Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 16 August 1916
Ship: RMS Orontes
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 6th Machine Gun Company – 4th Reinforcements

RTA: Wednesday, 23 July 1919
Discharged: Saturday, 27 December 1919

John Carse, James McKissock, Sydney Holmes and John Ruffler were given a send-off at the Baptist Church on Saturday 1 July 1916.

1916 ‘BAPTIST CHURCH.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 8 July, p. 2. , viewed 28 Jun 2016,

In November 1919, Sydney applied to Port Melbourne Council for the combined position of Dog Registration Officer, Meter Reader and Assistant Collector for Electric Supply. Over 100 applications were received*.

Another returned soldier, Sydney Ryan Carns was the successful applicant.

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


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted October 31, 2016 10.57 am 0Likes

    Returning From The War. (1919, August 30). Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), p. 2. Retrieved October 31, 2016, from

    “Lieutenant Sydney H. Holmes is returning from the war on the Maine, which is expected to reach Port Melbourne about September 5. He is the son of Mrs. Holmes, 132 Nott-street, enlisted in May, 1936, and left Australia in following. He fought in
    France, and was recommended for a commission, which he obtained after the
    prescribed period of study at Oxford”

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