Sydney enlisted in Citizens Military Forces (Reserves) on 16 Dec 1940 and was posted to 16th Battalion. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 1 Sept 1941 and promoted Acting Corporal on 25 Oct 1941. He completed the No 21 Physical Instructors Course as a Corporal on 3 Feb 1942.
Sydney enlisted in the A.I.F. on 15 Jul 1942 , he reverted back to Private on 24 Jan 1943 and attended 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 25 Feb 1943. He joined the 2/2nd on 15 May 1943 and embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Trooper in No 9 Section, “C” Troop and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944. After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper in No 9 Section, “C” Troop.
He transferred to 53rd Port Craft Company on 26 Dec 1945 and returned to Australia aboard "GEORGETOWN VICTORY" on 4 Feb 1946.
He was discharged on 19 Mar 1946.
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 "S.W.Pacific".
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