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Sydney James KIRWAN, Lieutenant

Sydney James KIRWAN, Lieutenant

Male 1886 - 1954  (68 years)

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  • Name Sydney James KIRWAN 
    • MY Heritage: wife Annie Clark-SOURCE My Heritage ;plus one child SYDNEY JAMES KIRWAN.
    Suffix Lieutenant 
    Born 12 Jan 1886  Willochra SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes 12 Jan 1886  Willochra SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Father; Edmund Kirwan 1842-1909, Mother Ellen Agnes Kirwan (born Lennon) 1847-1891  
    • My Heritages reports Sydney James being married inside a month after military discharge (end of war) and seemingly having 5 children.
    Military Service 3 Sept 1915  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Enlisted/Sworn in: Labourer,Adelaide NOK Mother Ellen Kirwan. Given "half a chance to learn may do well"....later in training..."backward (assume personality)..."but very reliable" 
    Military Service 27 Jun 1916  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Advised wounded AOK. Later 27 Jun 1916 GSW=gun shot wound, left thigh and leg-London military hospital  
    Military Service 5 Jan 1917  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Promoted Lance/Cpl. Advised wounded AOK further GSW=gunshot wound to Arm 3 May 1917, sent Birmingham Hospital 
    Military Service 12 Jan 1918  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Promoted LanceCpl to Corporal-France 
    Military Service 22 Sep 1918  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Proceeded to England with promotion to Cadet School as full Sergaent.  
    Military Service 5 Jan 1919  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Acting 2nd Lieutenant with AIF, then early in Feb proceeded to France 
    Military Service 23 May 1919  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Awarded full Sergeant and MILITARY MEDAL for service in the field "Govt Gazette No61 23 May 1919. Copy of Sixth Supplement No31142 LONDON GAZETTE..."rendered conspicuous services" and detailed onward of a dozen lines (also in naa record) exactly how was awarded MM. Originally to be sent to Father E.F. Kirwan, but Sydney home early;received himself.  
    Military Service 19 Jun 1919  WWI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Returned by ship to Australia as Subaltern (war activity ending) and struck off strength. 
    • SOURCE; https://birtwistlewiki.com.au/wiki/Military_Medal
      Until 1993 the Military Medal was awarded to personnel below commissioned rank for bravery in battle on land for British & Commonwealth forces.

      Established on 25 March 1916 (and back dated to 1914) it was the enlisted men and women's equivalent to the Commissioned rank's Military Cross.

      When the medal was first introduced, it was unpopular among regular soldiers. Frank Richards writes:"There were no grants or allowances with the Military Medal, which without a shadow of a doubt had been introduced to save awarding too many DCMs. With the DCM went a money-grant of twenty pounds, and a man in receipt of a life pension who had won the DCM was entitled to an extra sixpence a day on to his pension. After the new decoration was introduced, for every DCM awarded there were fifty Military Medals. The old regular soldiers thought very little of the new decoration.

      MC=MILITARY CROSS
      DCM=DISTINGUISH CONDUCT MEDAL
    Military Service 29 Sep 1919  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Discharged from war to Adelaide SA with British Star, War Medal and Victory Medal 
    • My Heritage offers him being married to Spouse:Elizabeth Madland Less than a month arriving home from WWI on Oct 8 1919 Pt Augusta West, Frome, Sth Astl, Australia
    Died 5 Jul 1954  Port Augusta SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I-9145  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 28 Aug 2021 

    Family Olivia May (Girlie) HEASLIP,   b. 11 Oct 1901, Port Pirie SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 2004, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years) 
    Married 12 Oct 1920  Quorn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Mortimer Kevin Henry # KIRWAN,   b. 19 Apr 1921, Quorn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     2. Norma Anita # KIRWAN, A.W.A.S.,   b. 11 Aug 1925, Norwood SA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2021 01:46:31 
    Family ID F-3081  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Headstones

    Sydney James Kirwan Lieutenant Military Medal WWI buried in West Tce Cemetery Adelaide SA died 2 March 1954. Als Olivia May "Girlie" Heaslip married in 1920

  • Sources 
    1. [S-117] National Archive of Australia Military Records, naa.gov.au, 25 Aug 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      All findings on Sydneys Military records of WWI

    2. [S-38] My Heritage, my heritage (with a log in), 25 Aug 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-1-124889681-5-33421/sidney-james-kirwan-in-myheritage-family-trees

    3. [S-245] Warren McLean - ID 1506 - family tree on MyHeritage, my heritage (with a log in), 25 Aug 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      Sidney James Kirwan Birth Jan 12 1886 Willochra, South Australia, Military Service Aug 28 1915 Egypt Palestine, Syria Death at home July 5 1954 Port Augusta, South Australia Burial Port Augusta West,South Australia


    4. [S-75] BDM SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 9 Jan 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      Groom Surname:KIRWAN Groom Given Names: Sydney James Bride Surname:HEASLIP Bride Given Names:Olivia May Marriage Date:12-Oct-1920 Marriage Place:St Matthews Church Quorn SA Groom Age:25 Groom Marital Status: S Groom Father: Edmund Francis KIRWAN Bride Age: 20 Bride Marital Status:S Bride Father: Henry Joseph HEASLIP District:Frome Book/Page:285/138