Sydney Richard Sinnett was born in Ballarat and was a Butcher by trade when he enlisted in the 8th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement on 25 July 1916 at the age of 18. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916. He marched in to the 2nd Training Battalion. In January 1917 he found himself confined to camp as a consequence of having been absent from church parade. In August he crossed over to France then joined the 23rd Battalion in Belgium. On September 20th 1917 he was wounded in action, sustaining a gunshot wound to his left knee which required his evacuation to hospital in England. By December he was sufficiently recovered to return to France where he joined the 8th Battalion. On March 20th 1918 he was wounded again, gassed, and once more evacuated to England. He did not return to the battlefields, and a week after the Armistice was signed he left England on the Suevic to return to Australia, rheumatism having rendered him medically unfit.
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