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Sydney Devenish Rhind

Officers and staff of the New Zealand Section, the Queen's Hospital, Sidcup, 1918. William Henry James Poole far left; Herbert Robert Cole, back row 2nd from left. George William Thomson, back row, 4th from left. Sitting (from left): Captain J.M. Turner NZDC; Captain S.D. Rhind MC, NZMC; Sister McBeth; Major H.P. Pickerill NZMC; Sister Finlayson, Captain AMcP Marshall NZMC; Captain WS Seed NZDC. Isidor Meltzer seated cross legged. Published in Captain Rhind's memoir Plastic Facio-Maxillary Surgery). Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-2003-1-67. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Officers and staff of the New Zealand Section, the Queen's Hospital, Sidcup, 1918. William Henry Jam …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Sydney Devenish AWMM
  • Surname
    Rhind AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 3/2921 AWMM
    • WWII 815538 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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About birth

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  • Birth
    8 July 1894 Pat Clarkson Research ChristchurchCanterbury Pat Clarkson Research
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  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs. Rhind (mother), 9 Norfolk Mansions, Battersea Park, London AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1946-1948 AWMM Married/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      1917 AWMM
      Citation for MC: Captain, New Zealand Medical Cross, attached 2nd Batt.,Canterbury Regiment For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty for three days and nights at his regimental aid post, repeatedly having to attend to men outside under heavy fire. He also organised parties of stretcher-bearers for their removal AWMM
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      London Gazette 17/12/1917 AWMM

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Biographical information

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    • Sydney Rhind was an assistant surgeon to Dr HP Pickerill in the Jaw Hospital at Sidcup, Surrey. He was an editor of the New Zealand Medical Journal from 1933-1939, an Hon General Secretary of the NZ Branch of the British Medical Association from 1940-1944 and President from 1945-1946 (Source:Wright St-Clair) AWMM
    • My mother says his birthdate was 18/7/96 not 8/7/94. She has a pretty full biography including photos if this is of interest Public - David - Direct descendant - 8 April 2018 - Family oral and written history
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About death

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  • Death
    1 September 1956 Pat Clarkson Research
    Age 62 AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand Pat Clarkson Research
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Pat Clarkson Medical Practitioner Research Project (January 2014). AWMM
    • Wright-St Clair, R. (2013). Historia nunc vivat medical practitioners in New Zealand, 1840 to 1930. Christchurch, N.Z.: Cotter Medical History Trust. AWMM
    • London Gazette AWMM
      17 December 1917, p.13185, Citation:23 April 1918, p.4889 AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
      p.220 AWMM
    • New Zealand Medical Journal AWMM
      NZMJ, 1956;55:411-12 AWMM
    • British Medical Journal AWMM
      BMJ, 1956;2:715 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Thomson, G.W. (1914-1918) G.W. Thomson photographs. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PH-2003-1. AWMM
    • Meikle, M. (2013). Reconstructing faces : The art and wartime surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and Mowlem. Dunedin : Otago University Press. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1950). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 16 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1946 to 30th June, 1948). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.111 AWMM


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