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William Robert BENNETT

Regimental number6950
Place of birthHillsborough, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressWoolooga, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 7.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinBrother, F M Bennett, Woolooga, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 October 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 17 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 17 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 30 January 1917; marched into 3rd Training Bn, Durrington, 16 February 1917.

Found guilty, 12 April 1917, of (1) being absent without leave from 8 am, 6 April, to 8.30 am, 12 April 1917: awarded 168 hours? Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 13 days? pay.

Proceeded overseas to France via Southhampton, 14 June 1917; disembarked Havre, 15 June 1917; marched out to 49th Bn, 29 June 1917.

On leave to England, 8 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 8 April 1918.

Admitted to hospital, 22 October 1918; transferred to 13th Australian Stationary Hospital, 22 October 1918 (influenza); discharged to duty, 2 November 1918.

On leave to England, 28 January 1919; rejoined unit from leave, 22 February 1919; attached to non-military employment, 23 February 1919; marched out to England, 3 March 1919; marched out to Australian Army Service Corps Training Depot, Parkhouse, 10 March 1919; departed on leave, 21 March 1919; returned from leave, 21 June 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport, 24 July 1919; disembarked Sydney, 30 September 1919; discharged Brisbane.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENNETT William Robert

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