Captain Sydney Stanna Bond

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SERVICE PERSON RESEARCH
SERVICE PERSON DETAILS
Service Person’s
Name
Sydney Stanna Bond
Rank
Captain
Regiment/Unit or
Ship or Squadron
25th Battalion
Date of Birth
29 July 1895
Place of Birth
South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Family Details
Single
Father: Lewis Martin Bond
Mother: Grace Stanna Bond (nee Groom)
Age at Enlistment
19
Place of Enlistment
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Date of Death
9 October 1917
Place of Death
Belgium
Cemetery or
Memorial Name
Grave or Memorial
Number
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Panel 7 - 17 - 23 - 25 - 27 - 29 – 31
PHOTO
Studio portrait of Captain Sydney Stanna Bond, 25th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force.
Source: Australian War Memorial 2014, P03452.021 https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P03452.021
(accessed 21 February 2015)
SERVICE PERSON’S STORY/EULOGY:
Prepared by Josefine Ganko
Sydney Stanna Bond was an incredible man, both in his life in Australia, and during his service for Australia
on the Western Front.
He was my great grandfather’s first cousin, and he attended Brisbane Grammar School, which is closely
associated with my own school, Brisbane Girls Grammar. A well-rounded student, he excelled in cricket and
rugby, and was offered the first ever scholarship to the University of Queensland.
Two years in to his time at University, in January 1915, he enlisted in the armed forces, and went to Egypt
to receive training and was soon promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.
Sydney landed at Gallipoli on 9 September 1915. In December that year he was evacuated due to illness,
and returned to Australia. However he soon returned to Egypt, and was appointed the camp adjutant.
In August 1916 he was again promoted to the Commandants staff, but he chose to turn down this offer in
order to go to France to fight alongside his Australian brothers. He was promoted to Captain in August
1917 and joined the 25th Battalion upon his arrival in France.
He fought at Lagnicourt and Bullecourt, and took part in a successful attack on Westhoek Ridge in
September 1917. Sydney Stanna Bond was killed by a shell on 9 October 1917, and his body was destroyed,
meaning he was never buried, and doesn’t have a grave. Tragically, Sydney was an only child. His family
also sadly lost five cousins in the First World War.
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Australian War Memorial 2014, Roll of Honour – Sydney Stanna Bond
http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1664448/ (accessed 15 February 2015)
National Archives of Australia 2015, Bond Sydney Stanna: SERN CAPT
http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=3098154
(Accessed 15 February 2015)
Stephensen, S 1920, The Golden Book, Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Australia
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