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Sydney Harold Deamer (1891-1962) was a newspaper journalist, an editor and soldier.

The son of Adrian Milford and Rhoda (née Milford) Deamer, Sydney Deamer was born on December 1, 1891 at Avondale Square, Old Kent Road, London. In 1912 he emigrated to Australia and in 1914 enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces in Western Australia initially serving with the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Australian Army Medical Corps as a private and NCO at Gallipoli and later in 1916 in the Quartermaster General's branch in Egypt. He returned to England in August 1916 and was attached to Headquarters and for a time with the Warchest Club, a residential and recreational club for troops on leave in London.[1] In October 1917 he was sent to officer cadet training in Reading and in January 1918 commenced basic pilot training at Shawbury graduating in May. On completion of this training he was commissioned as a pilot officer and second lieutenant. On 30 September 1918 whilst flying over German lines he was shot in the leg by machine gun fire from the ground and invalided back to England. In early 1919 he returned to Australia "at his own expense" and resigned his commission.[2]

He had a distinguished career in civilian life as a journalist in England and Australia and as a newspaper editor for the Sydney Daily Telegraph under the new proprietor Sir Frank Packer between 1936 and 1939. In 1939 Deamer joined the Australian Broadcasting Commission in a public relations role. For fourteen years, Deamer wrote the much-loved Column Eight daily feature in the Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney Harold Deamer died in the district of Brentford in Middlesex, England on the 30 October 1962.

His wife, Martha ("Dolly") Clara (née Jones), predeceased him by a year. Martha died in Sydney on the 30 March 1961. He was survived by sons Tom Perry Deamer who was a documentary film producer and principal of ERA School and Adrian Milford Deamer later became editor of The Australian, then legal advisor to the Sydney Morning Herald.


  1. "Australian Comforts Fund Souvenir Collection". Published & Digitised Collections. Australian War Memorial. 2005. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  2. "Australian Army Records". Deamer's file. National Archive. 1914 - 1944. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 

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