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Vyvyan Christopher BENNETT

Date of birth6 October 1881
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMining engineer
Addressc/o Knox Schlapp & Co, 31 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 11.75"
Weight175 lbs
Next of kinWife, Natalie Margaret Bennett, c/o F T Bridges, AMP Society, Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year, Sydney University Scouts; 9 months, City of Melbourne Rifle Club; 2 months, Engineer Officers' School, Sydney.
Enlistment date1 January 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameNo 6 Tunnelling Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number16/12/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 1 June 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Tunnelling Company
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularBachelor of Engineering (Mining and Metallurgy), University of Sydney; Mine Manager's Certificate, New South Wales; MAIME (Australia); Associate MIMM (England).
FateReturned to Australia 12 March 1918
Discharge date28 June 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 1 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 18 July 1916.

Reported for duty, 3rd Tunnelling Company, France, 25 September 1916.

Admitted to 33rd Casualty Clearing Station, 26 December 1916 (haemorrhoids); transferred to 20th General Hospital, 31 December 1916 (piles: mild); to England, 31 December 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 2 January 1917; transferred to 5th Auxiliary Hospital, 3 February 1917; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 12 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 April 1917; rejoined 3rd Tunnelling Company, in the field, 28 April 1917.

Admitted to 22nd Casualty Clearing Station, 26 September 1917 (dental caries); rejoined unit, in the field, 7 October 1917.

Admitted to 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 5 February 1918 (general debility); transferred to Ambulance Train No 35, 9 February 1918, and admitted same day to 1st Red Cross Hospital, Le Touquet; transferred to England, 11 February 1918, and admitted same day to 4th London General Hospital (debility: slight). Transferred to 6th Auxiliary Hospital, 7 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia for discharge on board HT 'Kenilworth Castle', 12 March 1918; transshipped to HT 'Feld Marschall', and departed Durban, South Africa, 23 April 1918; transshipped to HT 'Kanowna' at Fremantle; disembarked Melbourne, 24 May 1918; appointment terminated (discharged), Melbourne, 28 June 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFirst name misspelled as Vivian on Embarkation Roll; name of firm misspelled as Knox Schnepp.
Date of death22 September 1951
Age at death69
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENNETT Vyvyan Christopher

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