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William Alfred BENNETT

Regimental number2287
Place of birthBristol, England
SchoolSt Paul's Church School, Bristol, England
Age on arrival in Australia23
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway employee
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 7.25"
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Rose Bennett, 16 City Road, Bristol, England
Previous military serviceServed 3 years (1909-12) in the Royal Naval Reserve, Bristol, England.
Enlistment date7 January 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularName given on RoH circular as William Alfred Sowerby BENNETT.
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Date of death20 July 1916
Age at death26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
116
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Attached to 32nd Bn, Ferry Post, 22 April 1916.

Taken on strength of 30th Bn, Ferry Post, 12 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, 23 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'killed in action'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENNETT William Alfred
Red Cross file 350104

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