Pte
Sarsfield Rodney Andrews

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1882
Place of birth:
Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia

General information

Profession:
Labourer
Religion:
Presbyterian

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
4132
Enlistment date:
17/08/1915
Enlistment place:
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Infantry, 50th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
27/09/1917
Place of death:
Westhoek, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
35

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Enlistment place
#2 ‘Place of death’

Additional information

In August 1915 the 33-year old labourer Sarsfield Rodney Andrews enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force. He was taken on by the 50th Battalion Australian Infantry A.I.F (13th Australian Brigade, 4th Australian Division).
On 26 September 1917 the 50th Battalion A.I.F. took part in the Battle of Polygon Wood, a sub battle in the Battle of Passchendaele. Before the attack a red stripe was painted on the back of the steel helmets of the 50th Bn. attacking the Red Line (first objective, Albania) , blue for the 49th and 51st Bn. attacking the Blue Line (second objective, Tokio and Brick Kiln & Yard). Jump off line was established near Anzac House. All objectives were met. Regimental Aid Post (R.A.P.) was established too far away from the objective so evacuation of the wounded was slow. Battalion Headquarter and R.A.P. were situated north of Westhoek (J.7.b.7.9.).
During the attack the 50th battalion suffered 178 casualties (4 officers and 174 soldiers), private Sarsfield Andrews being one of them. According to his Service Record he was buried at J.7.b.7.9. near the battalion HQ and R.A.P. After the war his body was never found and he is remembered at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres.

Files 1

Sources 8

"Passchendaele The Day-By-Day Account", McCarthy C., Uniform, 2018, pp. 94-95
Sources used
AIF Project
https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=5970
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/1597419/sarsfield-andrews/
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Embarkation Roll
https://www.awm.gov.au/advanced-search/people?people_preferred_name=andrews&people_service_number=4132&people_unit=
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Service Record
https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=3033635&isAv=N
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the Long Long Trail
https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/
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War Diary 13th Australian Brigade September 1917
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1343176
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War Diary September 1917 50th Bn. A.I.F.
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1345876
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