Sydney Walter Josland
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force
World War II, 1939-1945
Service Number 30858
Sydney Walter Josland was born in 1904. His military career began in 1917 as a cadet in the New Zealand Military Forces. He later trained in the First Battalion and the Second C Battalion of the Otago Regiment.
Before World War II Josland was a Captain in the Twenty-fifth (Wellington) Battalion and went to the war in the Twenty-fifth Battalion (Third Echelon) of the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. He served in Greece, Italy, the Middle East and North Africa.
Josland returned to New Zealand at the end of the war with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and resumed his career as a biochemist. Upon his retirement from the Military Forces in 1946, he was awarded an Efficiency Decoration for his services to the New Zealand Army. He died in 1991.
Note: My grandfather’s biography contains information taken from records held on file at the New Zealand Defence Forces Personnel Archives in Wellington, New Zealand. I have arranged the six poems in chronological order. The poems come from a collection of eighteen poems that my grandfather wrote while he was on active service with the New Zealand Military Forces during World War II.
1 February 2003