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Thomas Edgar BENNETT

Regimental number5051
Place of birthRiana, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressRiana, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Mr W Bennett, Riana, Tasmania
Enlistment date19 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 29 March 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 5 May 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallant conduct, resourcefulness, and a fine devotion to duty on night of 24th/25th April 1918, during the counter-attack near VILLERS-BRETONNEUX. The team of one of our Lewis guns had become casualties and Private BENNETT, acting at that time as a Company Runner, took charge of the gun, organised a new team, and was of great assistance to his Company during the remainder of the advance. His fine disregard of danger and gallant example under exceptionally difficult conditions were a great help to those under his temporary command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Died as a result of accident.
Date of death30 April 1930
Age at death35
Place of burialWivenhoe Cemetery, Tasmania

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