On Tuesday, 26 February 2019 we honoured Corporal Sidney Ernest Greenwood at a Last Post Ceremony.
Sidney was born in December 1885 in Clare, South Australia. He was a 30 year old small business owner in Darwin when he paid his own passage to Townsville to enlist to the AIF – the Australian Imperial Forces – in March 1915.
On the 29th of June 1915, Sidney left Brisbane aboard the HMAT Aeneas, for Gallipoli where he joined the 25th Australian Infantry Battalion.
The 25th Battalion was raised at Enoggera in Queensland in March 1915 as part of the 7th Brigade. Although predominantly composed of men recruited in Queensland, the battalion also included a small contingent of men from Darwin. The battalion left Australia in early July, trained in Egypt during August, and by early September was manning trenches at Gallipoli.
On the 18th of December 1915 the battalion left the peninsular for further training in Egypt before proceeding to France. Landing on 19 March 1916, it was the first AIF battalion to arrive there. Now fighting as part of the 2nd Division, it took part in its first major battle at Pozieres between 25 July and 7 August in the course of which it suffered 785 casualties.
The 2nd Division then came south in October to attack again in the Somme Valley. The 25th Battalion took part in two attacks to the east of Flers, both of which floundered in the mud.
On the 14th of November 1916 during his service in France, Sidney was killed in action. The family name will be forever remembered in Greenwood Crescent, Moil, Darwin.
His name is listed on the Cenotaph, amongst fellow Territorians who died while serving. His is but one of the many stories of service and sacrifice to be told here at the Cenotaph.