Syd Lucas

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Sydney Lucas
Born (1900-09-21)21 September 1900
Leicester, England
Died 4 November 2008(2008-11-04) (aged 108)
Rosebud, Australia
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Australia Australia
Service/branch British Army
Australian Army
Years of service August 1918–?
1940–1941
Rank Private
Unit 45th Sherwood Foresters
2/1st Machine Gun Battalion
Battles/wars

World War I

World War II

Sydney "Syd" Maurice Lucas (21 September 1900 – 4 November 2008)[1] was, at age 108, one of three remaining British Tommies of World War I (along with Harry Patch and Netherwood Hughes), although the war ended before he was sent to fight. He was born in Leicester, England, and conscripted into the British Army's Sherwood Foresters while a teenager in August 1918. He was also, along with his compatriots Claude Choules and Bill Stone, and France's Fernand Goux, one of the four remaining veterans in the world to have served in both World Wars. Like Choules, he lived in Australia, in Rosebud, Victoria, the same state as the last Australian veteran John Campbell Ross.

Lucas shipped to Australia in 1928. On 13 June 1940, he volunteered for the 2nd Australian Imperial Force, enlisting at Caulfield, Victoria, with a locality of Coburg, Victoria, both suburbs of Melbourne, and listing Gladys Lucas as next of kin. Lucas was allotted service number VX26480 and posted to the 2/1st Australian Machine Gun Battalion.[2] He was sent to join his battalion in Palestine, but a bout of appendicitis resulted in him having an operation on his gallbladder on arrival, and so he was not medically fit to join the battalion when it sailed for Greece in early April 1941. Lucas was transferred to prisoner-of-war duties, guarding Italian and German prisoners of war being shipped to Australia on the RMS Queen Mary.[3] He was discharged from the Australian Military Forces on 7 November 1941, with the rank of private. His posting at discharge was Headquarters, Guard Battalion.[4] Lucas died on 4 November 2008 of natural causes, aged 108, one week before the 90th Anniversary since Amistice day.

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  1. ^ "World War I veteran dies aged 108". BBC News. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  2. ^ WW2 Nominal Roll
  3. ^ Shtargot, Sasha (21 April 2005). "Veteran of two armies to ride in Chevy". The Age. Retrieved 30 May 2007. 
  4. ^ http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/ItemDetail.asp?M=0&B=6203239

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