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Sydney John Hustwaite was born in Ballarat and was a Miner by trade when he enlisted in the 14th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement on 8 July 1915 at the age of 21. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915. On April 16th 1917 he was listed as missing in action at Reincourt. He had been taken prisoner by the Germans. A little more than a week later he was able to mail a post card in which he explained, æI am wounded. I would also be grateful if you could notify my people of 4 Bagge St. Ballarat East'. In a letter dated November 25th 1917 he offered the reassurance, æI am in the very best of good health.' He was interned at Munster in Germany until the war's end. He was returned to England in December 1918 and shortly after sailed for Australia, arriving in early April 1919.
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