Wallabies hail dual Olympic ANZAC Syd Middleton
ESPN Staff
April 24, 2015
Sydney Middleton: dual Olympic medal-winning Wallabies player
Sydney Middleton won Olympic medals in rugby and rowing © Image Courtesy: Australian Rugby Union (
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Olympic gold medal-winning rugby player Sydney Albert Middleton is just one of the ANZACs honoured by the Australian Rugby Union on the centenary of the Gallipoli landings this weekend.

Syd Middleton was a lieutenant in Australia's 19th battalion when it landed on the Turkish shore in August 1915, after which his assignments featured an attack on Hill 60 and the defence of Pope Hill. Middleton remained with the force until evacuation and went on to fight in France at Pozieres in France and Flanders in Belgium.

Australia's 108th Wallaby thereafter moved between the 17th, 18th and 19th battalions in achieving the rank of Major, fighting his final battle at Montbrehain before the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. Middleton was later awarded a Distinguished Service Order for his actions at Amiens, a role that earned mentions in dispatches.

"The battalion owes much of its success to the splendid example set by this very fine type of officer. He was in command of the 17th Bttn. on the 14th May 1918 east of Heilly, near Amiens when the enemy made a very determined attack on the front held by the 17th Bttn and the manner in which he handled the situation and quickly restored the line showed great initiative and leadership."

Middleton's gold medal at the 1908 Olympic Games in London was the highlight of his four-Test career. He also captained the Wallabies on three occasions, a role he repeated in four of 12 matches with New South Wales. Middleton then retired from rugby in 1911 to concentrate on rowing, incredibly going onto win a silver medal at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912.

The ARU are also paying tribute to ANZAC Wallabies Thomas Richards, William Watson, Frederick Thomson and Williams Tasker on Saturday. To read their stories head to

Wallabies Who Served During World War I
WallabyCap NumberWallabies CapsTest CareerServiceComments
Robert Wilson Adamson116119124th & 1st Tunnelling Company 
Harold William Baker1383191412th Light Horse Regiment 
Bruce McNeil Beith14541914-203rd General Hospital, 57th & 53rd BattalionMention in Despatches
Sinon Bernard Boland2431899-19032nd Light Horse RegimentDistinguished Service Order & Mention in Despatches
John Herbert Bond14841920-2130th BattalionMeritorious Service Medal & Mention in Despatches. AIF Team
Clive Dale Bondfield214119256th & 11th Light Horse RegimentMilitary Medal
Peter Neave Buchanan1952192319th & 3rd BattalionAIF Team
Hugh Buntine20121923-2435th BattalionMention in Despatches
John Dennison Campbell10431910British Army 
Edwin William Carr166419216th Light Horse Regiment1924 Olympian (Athletics)
Daniel Brendon Carroll9321908-12364th Regiment, American Expeditionary ForceDistinguished Service Cross
James Clarken6541905-103rd Australian General Hospital & 4th Motor Transport CompanyAIF Team
Ernest Austin Cody125319137th Field Artillery Brigade
Royle Charles Cooney180119223rd Division Train 
Arthur Cecil Corfe 1711899The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th & 10th BattalionDistinguished Service Order plus two bars & the Croix de Guerre
Herbert Franks DalyUC019089th Field Ambulance1908 Uncapped Wallaby
Thomas Sydney Richmond Davis150201920-251st Light Horse Regiment 
William Alexander Douglas188119221st Battalion 
Vivian Alphonsus Dunn15171920-211st Field Company EngineersAIF Team
Raymond Earl Elliott152131920-235th Field Ambulance
Edward Joseph Fahey11741912-147th Field Artillery Brigade 
Duncan Fowles16781921-233rd & 11th Field Artillery Brigade 
Eric Francis1402191415th Battalion & Australian Flying Corps 
Munro FraserUC019129th & 1st Machine Gun Company1912 Uncapped Wallaby. AIF Team
Walter Smale Friend162101920-232nd Field Artillery Brigade 
Harold Wesley George10881910-1413th BattalionD.O.W. Gallipoli, 10 May 1915. Buried at sea
Charles Hammand952 1908-0915th Battalion 
William Robert Hardcastle3121899-033rd Battalion 
John Joseph Hickey9621908-0956th BattalionAIF Team & Rugby League International
Bryan Desmond Hughes135219138th Battalion Royal Dublin FusiliersMilitary Cross. K.I.A. Hazebrouck, 6 August 1918. Buried II G2 Borre, British Cemetery
Herbert Jones1263191330th BattalionK.I.A. Flers, 4 November 1916. Buried AIF Burial Ground Plot IX Row B Grave 4 Flers, France.
Edwin Rennix Larkin38119031st BattalionK.I.A. Gallipoli, 25 April 1915. No known grave. Memorial at Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Thomas Lawton (Snr)154141920-3212th Field Artillery Brigade 
Robert Dowling Marrott155219201st & 14th Field AmbulanceMilitary Medal
William Joseph Marrott18671922-2319th Battalion
George Robert McKay16061920-2258th Battalion 
Sydney Albert Middleton 10341909-1017th, 18th & 19th BattalionDistinguished Service Order,Order of the British Empire & Mention in Despatches
Herbert Michael Moran9711908Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army 
John O'Donnell321 18995th Training Battalion 
Irving William Ormiston157219203rd & 5th BattalionAIF Team
George Thomas Bryan PalmerUC0193135th Field Artillery BrigadeUncapped Wallaby on tour to New Zealand 1931
George Harold Pugh121119124th BattalionK.I.A. Ypres, 5 September 1916. Buried Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) Zillebeke, Belgium.
Edward William Richards4951904-07Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force 
Thomas James Richards9931908-121st Field Ambulance & 1st BattalionMilitary Cross
Sidney Austin Riley4311901st Auckland Battalion, New Zealand Army 
Ernest Victor Ritchie20541924-2535th Battalion 
Thomas Shaftesbury Smith172121921-252nd Battalion, 2nd & 7th Machine Gun Company 
Norman Cecil Smith18771922-259th & 3rd Machine Gun Company 
Geoffrey Ellington SteanesUC0192120th BattalionUncapped Wallaby 1921
Joshua Mason StevensonUC019081st & 4th BattalionUncapped Wallaby 1908, AIF Team
Dudley Colin Suttor1293191315th Army Service CorpsAIF Team
Blair Inskip Swannell72119051st BattalionK.I.A. Gallipoli, 25 April 1915. Buried 10 Baby 700 Cemetery, Gallipoli.
William Henry Tanner13218995th Light Horse Field Ambulance 
William George Tasker13061913-1413th Battalion & 13th Field Artillery BrigadeK.I.A. Amiens, 9 August 1918. Buried France 1170 Villers Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy.
John Morris Taylor1782192213th & 1st Field Artillery BrigadeAustralian cricketer 1920-1926
John Thompson1412191415th Field Ambulance
Frederick Herbert Thompson13151913-1413th BattalionK.I.A. Gallipoli, 29 May 1915. Buried Gallipoli 31 Shrapnel Valley Cemetery
Edwin Joseph Thorn185151922-267th Field Artillery Brigade 
Arthur Verge5021904Australian Army Medical Corps & 6th Light Horse RegimentD.O.D. Egypt, 18 September 1915
Alfred Stanley Billingsley Walker122161912-241st Light Horse Regiment 
Clarence Wallach13251913-1419th BattalionD.O.W. Western Front, 22 April 1918. Military Cross & Mention in Despatches
Patrick Bernard Walsh513190412th Light Horse RegimentMention in Despatches. 1908 Kangaroo
William Thornton Watson12381912-20Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force; 1st & 2nd Field Artillery BrigadeDistinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Cross plus bar. AIF Team
David Moss Williams13741913-1441st Battalion
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