Sydney enlisted on 30 May 1940 and was posted to 2/1st Australian Medium Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA). He transferred to "WREN Force" on 20 Jan 1941 and embarked for Nauru Island on 22 Feb 1941 and returned to Australia on 6 Sept 1941. He transferred to 2/13th Australian Field Regiment, RAA on 17 Sept 1941 and embarked for Middle East on 1 Nov 1941. Returned to Australia aboard "WEST POINT" on 1 Apr 1942 and was transferred to 2/13th Australian Composite Anti Aircraft Regiment, RAA on 17 Jul 1943. He was posted to Australian Training Centre (Jungle Warfare) on17 Apr 1944 and transferred to 2/1st Medium Regiment, RAA on 23 Nov 1944.
He transferred to the 2/2nd on 18 Dec 1944 and embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” with the unit, on 9 Apr 1945 as a Trooper in No 5 Sect, “B” Troop.
He returned to Australia on 18 Jan 1946 and was discharged on 29 Jan 1946.
He is the brother of NX23047 Ronald Oxley Hilliard.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp
Edited by Peter Epps