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George Hamilton BENNETT

Regimental number2186
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
SchoolKalgoorlie Central State School, WA
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
Address129 McDonald Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs B C Bennett, 129 McDonald Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Military Forces and Kalgoorlie Rifle Club.
Enlistment date1 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 29 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1204
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"As far as we know he was the first 'Anzac' to fall in France. Was killed ... the first morning he Australian battalions went into trenches. Was attached to 7th Brigade snipers." (details from mother)
FateKilled in Action 8 April 1916
Place of death or woundingArmentieres, France
Date of death8 April 1916
Age at death20.2
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialRation Farm Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row A, Grave No. 1), La Chapelle d'Armentieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Harry and Barbara Charlotte BENNETT, 123 McDonald Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Native of Burwood, New South Wales

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