Sidney George Haron
- Born: 1893, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Marriage (1): Gladys Patricia Scott in 1920 in St Leonards, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Died: 1982, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia at age 89
Sidney (Sid) served in WW1 as a Lighthorseman driving a Furphy water wagon. He enlisted in the AIF in Sydney on 20 January 1916 and given the rather special Service Number 12345. He was working as an Iron Moulder at the time having spent 6 years with G&C Hoskins of Ultimo. He listed his father of "Show Grounds, Moore Park" as his next of kin. He indicated that he had previously served with the Irish Rifles which he had left of his own accord.
Sid was described in his enlistment papers as exactly 23 years of age, 5 feet 5 3/4 inches tall, weighing 126 lbs with a chest measurement of 32 - 24 1/2 inches. He had a fair complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair and his religion was Roman Catholic.
Sid was assigned to the Australian Service Corps with the rank of Driver. Within a few months he was on his way to the Middle East, disebarking the Malwa in Suez on 25 August 1916. As was standard practice he started off in the Moascar Isolation Camp in Egypt. This was a huge camp for the Light Horse units in which newcomers were screened for contagious illnesses such as Measles, before joining the active units. At the end of September he was assigned to the 1st Australian Light Horse Training Regiment in Moascar and spent just over 2 months there before being assigned to the Australian Army Supply Corps on 9 December 1916. On 10 March 1917 he was assigned to the 4th Light Horse Brigade, Supply section. Here he believed to have been responsible for driving a water tank (a Furphy, horse drawn) to resupply the brigade. It was a momentous time for the 4th Light Horse:
"The regiment's first major battle would also become that which made it legendary. On 31 October 1917 an attack was launched to outflank the Turkish bastion of Gaza, against which two previous attacks had failed, by capturing another heavily defended town to the east - Beersheba. A deteriorating tactical situation late on the first day of the operation caused the 4th and its sister regiment, the 12th, to be unleashed on Beersheba at the gallop - an action which has gone down in history as the charge of Beersheba.
After Gaza fell on 7 November 1917, Turkish resistance in southern Palestine collapsed. The 4th Light Horse participated in the pursuit that followed, and then spent the first months of 1918 resting and training. It moved into the Jordan Valley in time to participate in the Es Salt raid between 29 April and 4 May.
In August, the regiment was issued with swords and trained in traditional cavalry tactics in preparation for the next offensive against the Turks. This was launched along the Palestine coast on 19 September 1918 - its objective, Damascus. The mounted forces penetrated deep into the Turkish rear areas severing roads, railways and communications links. On 1 October 1918, a patrol of the 4th Light Horse, commanded by Sergeant Frank Organ, were the first allied troops to enter Damascus. The regiment was soon involved in the next stage of the advance and was on its way to Homs when the Turks surrendered on 30 October. Some long-serving troopers began to embark for home soon after and while the rest awaited their turn, the 4th Light Horse were called back to operational duty to quell the Egyptian revolt that erupted in March 1919; order was restored in little over a month. The regiment sailed for home on 15 June 1919."
Source: Australian War Memorial Website: https://www.awm.gov.au/unit/U51038/r
Sid was with his mates when they sailed home on 15 June 1919 on board the HT Essex disembarking in Australia on the 29 July 1919. Sid was discharged from the AIF on the 18 August 1919. He was the recipient of the British War Medal No. 50013, and the Victory Medal No.48756.
According to the Electoral Rolls, in 1930 Sidney and his wife Gladys lived at the Royal Agricultural Society Showgrounds in Moore Park, Sydney with his father who was an Overseer there. Sidney was a Clerk. By 1937 he and his wife were living at 43 Monash Gardens, Pagewood. He was still a clerk. In 1943 and 1954 Sidney was back at the showgrounds as an Overseer, a position held by his father who died in 1944.
Noted events in his life were:
• He worked as an Iron Moulder at the time he enlisted in the AIF on 20 Jan 1916.
• He resided at 1930 RAS Showground, Moore Park: father, Frank HARON overseer, Sidney George HARON (clerk,), wife, Gladys Patricia HARON h.d. In 1930 in Centennial Park, South Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
• He resided at 1937 43 Monash Gardens, Pagewood: Sidney George HARON clerk, Gladys Patricia HARON ( h.d) in 1937 in Botany, Cook, New South Wales, Australia.
• He resided at 1943 RAS Showground, Moore Park: Sidney George HARON (overseer), with wife Gladys Patricia (Scott) HARON (h.d), with father Frank HARON (overseer), Frank dies 1944, Same 1949 1954. In 1943 in Centennial Park, Watson, New South Wales, Australia.
• He resided at 1949 and 1954: RAS Showground, Moore Park: Sidney George HARON (overseer), with wife Gladys Patricia (Scott) HARON (h.d) in 1954 in Centennial Park, East Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Sidney married Gladys Patricia Scott, daughter of William Francis Scott and Emily Beyer, in 1920 in St Leonards, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. (Gladys Patricia Scott was born in 1890 in St Leonards, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and died on 17 Dec 1967 in Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.)