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Godfrey Arthur BENNETT

Regimental number764
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
SchoolBaldwyn State School No 1026, Victoria
Other trainingHawthorn College, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
Address8 Cross Street, Canterbury, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 9"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinFather, George J. Bennett, 8 Cross Street, Canterbury, Victoria
Previous military serviceSenior Cadets (2 years); 48th Regiment, Citizen Military Forces (1 year)
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentLance Sergeant
Unit name6th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Nominal Roll (incorrectly) states date of death as 24 April 1915.
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death25 April 1915
Age at death20.9
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 25), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George Jesse and Harriet Ann BENNETT, Springvale Road, Tunstall, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: Brigadier-General Henry Gordon BENNETT CB, CMG, DSO, 6th Bn, returned to Australia, 15 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 5 April 1915.

Posted missing in action, Gallipoli Peninsula, 25 April 1915.

Court of Enquiry, Erquingham, France, 24 April 1916, pronounces fate as 'Killed in Action, Gallipoli Peninsula, 25 April 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENNETT Godfrey Arthur

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