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Sidney BENDER

Regimental number6530
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressBankstown, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 7.5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M Bender, 319 Cleveland Street, Redfern, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 June 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 April 1918
Discharge date23 October 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 7 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 11 April 1917. Appointed Acting Lance Corporal, 21 June 1917. Attended School of Musketry, Tidworth, 30 May-21 June 1917: qualified as 1st Class Rfec. Instruction and has 'fine knowledge' of Lewis Machine Gun.

Proceeded overseas to France, 20 November 1917; taken on strength, 19th Bn, Belgium, 26 November 1917.

Admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 21 January 1918 (gastritis); transferred to 13th General Hospital, Boulogne, 2 February 1918; to England, 8 February 1918, and admitted to Pricess Cristian Military Hospital, Englefield, Surrey; to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 16 February 1918; to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 2 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Marathon', 15 April 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 12 June 1918, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged, 23 October 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENDER Sidney

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