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