Sydney Joseph Statham

Name   Sydney Joseph Statham

Number    Private 1073

Battalion      14th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Mackay Queensland

Next of Kin   His mother, Mrs. Mary Statham of Korumburra and later Brunswick St East Brunswick

Date and place of enlistment   Broadmeadows   29/9/1914

Physical details on enlistment Age 24 years and 9 months, 5’ 8”, 10 stone, blue eyes and dark hair

Religion   Church of England

Occupation   apprentice to printer Mr. Kewish of Leongatha

Date and place of death

He was killed in action at Courtney’s Post Gallipoli on 6/5/1915

Location of memorial

He was buried at Courtney’s and Steele’s Post Cemetery

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He worked for Mr Kewish in Leongatha and his mother gave Leongatha as his place of association

 Military History

  • He is a past student Leongatha State School
  • 24/9/14 He enlisted at Broadmeadows
  • 22/12/14 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Ulysses
  • 23/6/15 Mrs. Statham was told to apply for a pension as she relied on her son for support.
  • 21/6/15 Mrs. Statham wrote for Sydney’s death certificate
  • 12/7/15 The Leongatha Branch of the ANA provided a funeral allowance.
  • 13/3/16 Mrs. Statham received a parcel via Thomas Cook
  • 23/4/16 Mrs. Statham wrote asking about Syd’s effects. She believed there should be a pay book, photos or hymn sheet. They wrote back and say if any items come to light they will send them. The money matters have been settled (as she indicated in her letter) and his pay book was sent to the military barracks in Melbourne
  • Mrs. Statham’s address was Rowans Hotel Korumburra
  • In July 1918 she received a pension of £39 per annum and it was increased to £52. She received the pension from 31/7 /1915.
  • 10/8/20 Mrs. Statham wrote a letter stating that her husband has been dead for 20 years. She is the next of kin for both her sons and was asked if there were a closer relation. Meaning is their father still alive.
  • 30/10/22 his mother received His Victory Medal
  • Sydney left his mother his estate
  • His effects were a disc, letter, postcard and badge
  • Mrs. Statham received the medals, plaque and scroll in 1922
  • 19/3/24 Mrs. Statham received a letter stating that the CWGC will erect a permanent headstone on her son’s grave and that the headstone will have on it the regimental details and any verse or epitaph previously furnished in this connexion
  • Winifred Mary Statham (sister) died on 18/12/1958 in North Carlton. The public trustees administered her estate. They asked for death certificates for her brothers. The public trustees were informed that the brothers died on active service in WW1. They were the sons of John Walford Statham and Mary Cavanagh
  • His brother George William Statham who was in the 59th Battalion AIF died on August 14th 1916.

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