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Jack Reginald BENNETT

Regimental number18437
Place of birthMaryborough, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCastlemaine, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 7.5"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Bennett, Halford Street, Castlemaine, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for years in the Cadets.
Enlistment date11 April 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 March 1917
Place of enlistmentCastlemaine, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3, Engineer Reinforcements 11
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 21 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919
Discharge date3 October 1919
Other details

Parents gave permission, 14 April 1917, that 'if necessary, our Son - Jack Reginald Bennett - may leave this state on Military Duty before he reaches the age of 19 years.'

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 21 June 1917; disembarked Liverpool, England, 26 August 1917; marched into No 3 Details Camp, Parkhouse.

Marched into Engineers Training Depot (Signals Section), Shefford, 20 October 1917.

Found guilty, 24 November 1917, of at Biggleswade being absent from special parade at 1 pm, 24 November: forfeited 5 days' pay.

Found guilty, Bedford, 5 January 1918, of (1) leaving the ranks without permission; (2) absent from work parade, 5 January: forfeited 3 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 March 1918.

Posted to Australian Corps Signal Company, 27 March 1918; taken on strength, 28 March 1918.

Transferred to 4th Divisional Signal Company, 10 September 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 10 January 1919; rejoined unit from leave, 11 February 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 9 May 1919.

Admitted to No 3 Clearing Group Hospital, Hurdcott, 21 June 1919 (tonsillitis).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'City of Exeter', 12 July 1919; admitted to ship's hospital, at sea, 17 July 1919; discharged to duty, 28 July 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 11 days; disembarked Melbourne, 24 August 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 3 Ocober 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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