Sidney Frederick Hartwell

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia

General information

Last known residence:
Tichborne, New South Wales, Australia
Church of England

Army information

Australian Imperial Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
 —  Australian Field Artillery, 10th Bde.  (Last known unit)
 —  1st Light Horse Regiment (1st Royal New South Wales Lancers)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Ypres, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)


Ypres Reservoir Cemetery
Plot: I
Row: 1
Grave: 20

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 5

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 Place of wounding
#5 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Sidney Frederick Hartwell was born on 31 May 1896 in the small town of Dubbo in New South Wales, Australia. His father was a miner and he grew up with four sisters and three brothers. By the age of 19, he was living in Tichborne, New South Wales, where he worked as a labourer. On 17 November 1916, he enlisted in Liverpool, New South Wales. He was assigned to the 1st Light Horse Regiment (1st Royal New South Wales Lancers) and went to Marseilles on 13 June 1916 via the Middle East. Meanwhile, Sidney was assigned to the 10th Brigade Australian Field Artillery, part of the 4th Australian Division, where he was a driver, first with the 48th Battery, from 1 June 1917 with the 39th Battery.

In September and October 1917, the 4th Australian Division took part in the Battle of Passchendaele. The guns of the 10th Brigade were deployed on the heights of Bellewaerde from 22 September. The guns of the 39th Battery stood at Jacob Trench right on the crest of the hill. From there they supported successive attacks on the heights near Passchendaele. According to Australian Red Cross records, Sidney Frederick Hartwell was seriously wounded in the legs by a shell on 22 October 1917 while on horseback pulling a packhorse carrying ammunition to the 39th Battery on Bellewaerde Ridge.

He was taken to the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance where he succumbed to his wounds the same day. He was buried at Ypres Reservoir cemetery, Plot I, Aisle 1, Grave 20.

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10th Australian Field Artillery Brigade, (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 13/37/14).
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10th Australian Field Artillery Brigade, (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 13/37/15).
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Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), RCDIG1064166).
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First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920 (National Archives of Australia, Canberra (NAA), B2455, HARTWELL S F).
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