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Clyde James BENNETT

Regimental number3240
Place of birthBairnsdale, Victoria
SchoolSt Mary's Catholic School, Bairnsdale, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBlacksmith
AddressFrancis Street, Bairnsdale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5.25"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFather, C Bennett, Bairnsdale, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Military Forces, Bairnsdale, Victoria; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Date of death19 July 1916
Age at death22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
167
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 11 October 1915.

Admitted to Hospital, Helouan, 23 November 1915 (lumbago); discharged, 30 November 1915.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 24 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing in action, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'killed in action', 19 July 1916.

Form B103 concludes: 'Presume buried in No Man's Land at approx. 5J 70-43 to 5K 0251 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENNETT Clyde James

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