Sydney James Andrews was born in Melbourne and was living in Ballarat as an Engine Cleaner by trade when he enlisted in the 8th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement on 7 June 1916 at age of 22. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 11 September 1916. His journey to the battlefields of France and Belgium was delayed when he had to spend two weeks at Durban æfor medical reasons'. In May 1917 he incurred the wrath of his commanding officer when he overstayed his leave by 24 hours. On June 12th 1918 he was wounded in action, gassed, and evacuated to the Bevan Military Hospital in England. With the end of the war in sight, in October 1918, he was again in trouble for being absent without leave. After the war he returned to Australia aboard the Derbyshire, disembarking at Melbourne on April 22nd 1919.
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