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metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.title: Sidney Rochefort
Name: Rochefort, Sidney Beaconsfield
Rank: Private
Service Number: 4985
Place of Birth: Birmingham (England)
Cultural heritage: English
Next of Kin: Sarah Rochefort - Mother
Biographical notes: Rochefort married Hilda West at the Registry Office Aston, Birmingham on 27 December 1906. They had two daughters, Irene Hilda, who was born at Aston on 30 March 1907 and Winifred Margery Ethel, born at Aston on 25 March 1908. His wife died before he left for Darwin. His medals were issued care of Mrs. Wilkes, 43 Harris St. Pyrmont N.S.W. "Next to go was Sidney Rochefort from the Public Works Department. He had earlier served with the King's Royal Rifles and as a Reservist with the Winchester Rifles, and also decided to make his own way back to England to volunteer. A farewell function was held on 17 August at the residence of the Superintendent of Public Works, Mr. W. C. Kellaway, with the Clerk of Works, Mr. W. J. Byrne, as vice-chairman of proceedings. William Byrne was prominent in the various farewells of Public Works Department members during 1914 and 1915, and finally was permitted to enlist himself in early 1916. Surrounded by flags and amid rousing choruses of patriotic songs, Rochefort was described as a 'straightforward' man, and was presented with a pair of tobacco pipes and a safety razor. Rochefort sailed on SS 'Changsha' on 30 August, and served with the British Expeditionary Force in France." Source: Paul Rosenzweig, 2006.
Occupation: Machinist
Date of Enlistment: 16-Oct-1902
Age at Enlistment: 30
Place of Enlistment: Gosport (England)
Unit: King's Royal Rifle Corp
Service: Non-Australian Service
Date of Death: 1961
Place of Death: Windsor (N.S.W.)
Service History: Rochefort originally enlisted in King's Royal Rifle Corp 16 October 1902 at Gosport U.K. Transferred 1 Nov 1906. Permission to reside in New South Wales was granted on 18 April 1912. Mobilised in Australia on 10 August 1914. His passage from Sydney to the U.K. was paid for, leaving 16 October 1914. Returned to U.K. 19 December 1914. He served in South Africa from 1903 to 28 June 1904, Bermuda 17 October 1904 to 24 October 1905. Rochefort served in France from 19 January 1915 to 15 November 1915, as a servant to Brigadier General L.F. Phillips commanding 1st Brigade. He was discharged "Termination of his period of engagement" on 15 November 1915. His service record and medal card are digitised on Ancestry Library edition.
Related link: Paul A. Rosenzweig. "Adventurous roving natures Northern Territory volunteers of 1914." Sabretache, 1 June 2006.
"Roll of Honour", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 18 May 1916: p.12.
"Send-off to Mr. Sydney Rochefort", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 20 August 1914: p.7.
"Letter from Sidney Rochefort", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 9 December 1915: p.17.
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: ANZAC
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
Appears in Collections:Returned ANZACs

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