Sydney Williams

Sydney Lanfear Williams (1915 - 1944)

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Died in Cassino, Italymap
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Categories: Anzacs, World War Two | 24th Battalion (New Zealand) | Cassino War Cemetery, Cassino, Italy | Killed in Action, New Zealand, World War II.

Sydney Williams is an Anzac who served in World War Two.



Private Sydney Williams was Killed in Action during World War II.

Sydney was born in 1915. He was the son of Joseph Williams and Harriet Barnett.

He married Helen Haddon. They had two children; Colleen and Brian.

When the Second World War broke out Sydney was working as a farmhand. He enlisted and served as a Private in the 24th Battalion NZ, "C" Company, 2nd NZ Expeditionary Forces. His next of kin was recorded as Mrs H Williams (wife), 33 Torrance Street, Epsom, Auckland.

Tragically Sydney was killed in action on 17 March 1944 in the Battle of Cassino in Italy. He was 29 years of age.

His wife was left a widow with 2 young children. She married Sydney's brother Robert.


Cassino War Cemetery in Italy, GRAVE REFERENCE: VI. C. 21.


  • Auckland Museum Online Cenotaph [[1]]

Research Notes

"The struggle for Cassino in early 1944 was one of the most brutal and costly battles involving New Zealand forces in the Second World War. For the New Zealand Division, this German strongpoint southeast of Rome would prove the most tragically elusive prize of the Italian campaign. The Germans' success in resisting the Allied offensive along the Gustav Line prompted the Allies to switch their focus to the Liri Valley, which led directly to Rome. However, the entrance to the valley was just over ten kilometres wide and was overlooked by the 500-metre-high Monte Cassino, topped by an historic Benedictine monastery."

"After another heavy bombardment, New Zealand forces fought their way into the devastated town from the north on 15 March. Once again, the Germans put up tenacious resistance from hidden positions in the maze of rubble that was once Cassino. In creating ideal positions for enemy snipers and hindering access for New Zealand’s armoured support, the bombing of the town had proved to be counter-productive. After eight days of fighting from one shattered building to the next, Freyberg decided the cost was proving too high and he ordered his troops to stop their attack. Shortly afterwards in early April, the New Zealand Division withdrew from the Cassino area, having suffered 343 deaths and over 600 wounded."

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Remembrance poppy
Remembrance poppy

Sydney Williams Image 1
Sydney Williams Image 1

Harriet & Joseph Williams Family
Harriet & Joseph Williams Family

Helen, Brian, Sydney & Colleen Williams
Helen, Brian, Sydney & Colleen Williams

Sydney Williams Roll of Honour
Sydney Williams Roll of Honour

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On 25 Aug 2017 at 20:02 GMT Lianne (Irwin) Trevarthen wrote:

Thank you for this profile, and the time and attention you gave to it Linda

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