Sydney John Duff was born on the 3rd October 1891 in Tasmania, Australia, and joined the AIF on the 20th May 1915.
He was placed in the 15th Battalion (6th reinforcements), which was already fighting overseas and was part of the 4th Brigade.
Private Duff, service number 2280, embarked on the H.M.A.T Ajana from Melbourne on the 4th June 1915 and landed at Zeitoun, Cairo, Egypt.
From there he was drafted to Dardenelle Bay on the 29th July where he joined his Battalion a few days later on the 2nd August at Gallipoli.
His Brigade, made up of the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Battalions attacked Hill 971, the highest point of the Sari Bair Ridge at Gallipoli. The Hill was taken at great cost although Turkish reinforcements forced the Australians to withdraw.
On Chunuk Bair and its approaches, there ensued what has been called ‘the climax on Anzac’.
This was the battle, fought from early morning on 7th August to early morning on 10th August by Australian, New Zealand, British, Indian and Gurkha soldiers, to take and hold the peaks of Chunuk Bair and Hill 971.
Resisting them, in an equally brave and determined manner, were the Turkish soldiers and this mixed with difficult terrain made the assault a costly failure.
Sydney’s 15th Battalion, which on 6th August had left North Beach 850 strong, were reduced to 280 men by the end of this battle.
His Brigade Major reported Sydney Killed in Action on the 7th August 1915 aged 23. He was buried at Gallipoli at the No 2 Outpost Cemetery (Grave F11). His inscription reads, ‘A DEAR SON GONE HOME TO GOD’.