Sidney Ey (Rat of Tobruk)

Part of the Series “(Y)Our Stories”, “Oral History
Produced by on August 3, 2018

Sidney in March 2018. 101 years of age

Sidney Ey was 101 years of age when interviewed in March 2018. Sidney was born and raised in Gawler. In the first interview he talks about growing up in Gawler in the 1920’s and 30’s. In 1940 he enlisted in the army and served as a stretcher bearer in the 9th Division at Tobruk, El Alamein, Syria, Lebanon, New Guinea and Borneo. The siege of Tobruk and the Battle of El Alamein are defining and well documented historic moments during the allies’ campaign against the Germans and Italians in WW2.  In the second interview Sid recalls with humility his small part in those campaigns as well as his service in the South West Pacific against the Japanese.  

A young Sidney Ey. The War years.

Want to find out more about Syd Ey? Head over to the Gawler History Team and check out their collection of stories and photos of Gawler throughout the years.

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