Jacobs, Sydney Arthur

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Sydney Arthur Jacobs (known as David) was born in Willunga on 19 August 1890, the oldest child of Jacob Sydney Jacobs and Mary Jacobs (nee Annis) who had married in June 1889. They had four children:

  • Sydney Arthur, born 19 August 1890.
  • Leonard (Len) Thomas, born 5 April 1892
  • Winifred, born 6 October 1893, married William Male.
  • Cora May, born 9 May 1895.

Sydney’s father was a blacksmith in McLaren Vale, who died in 1898, aged only 32. Sydney’s mother Mary died in 1910 aged 47.

Sydney was a blacksmith like his father. He was a member of the Willunga IOOF Lodge and Willunga Football Club and was a cousin to Connie Jacobs (formerly Dunstan),. He enlisted and in June 1915 the Cheer Up Society farewelled him from Willunga. He embarked from Melbourne on 27 October 1915, to serve in Egypt as a Trooper (Shoeing Smith) with the 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment. His younger brother Len had enlisted in 1914. Sydney was fatally wounded by a bomb blast at Kantara during the action to defend the Suez Canal. He died at the 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance on 1 June 1916 and was buried at Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, aged 25 years. He is remembered in Willunga on his mother’s headstone (Mary Jacobs) in the St Stephen’s Cemetery, the War Memorial and the Roll of Honour in the Willunga Show Hall.



Chris Horsman,  A Picture of Fortitude: Honouring Willunga’s Cheer-Up ‘Girls’ and the soldiers they supported,  Willunga, Willunga Recreation Park, 2016, page 175.

FlickrID=50326033666 – Courtesy Brian Kowald in Chris Horsman, A Picture of Fortitude, 2016, page 174.

1915 ‘From McLaren Vale.’, The Mail,  24 July, p. 6. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59397131

1916 ‘MILANG.’, The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser, 16 June, p. 3. ,  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147696750 [Willunga]

1916 ‘CONCERNING PEOPLE.’, The Register, 27 November, p. 4., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59910541

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