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Stanley James BENNIE

Regimental number1652
Place of birthLauriston, Victoria
SchoolLauriston State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 5.75"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Bennie, St Elmo Road, Alphington, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 May 1915
Place of enlistmentBallarta, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 25 May 1918

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 1 September 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"One of the 'Southland' heroes."
FateKilled in Action 5 October 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)The unit on the nominal roll is incorrect: it should read 21st Battalion
Place of death or woundingMontbrehain, France
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialTincourt New British Cemetery (Plot X, Row C, Grave No. 14), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Elizabeth Emma BENNIE, "Lauriston", St. Elmo Road, Alphington, Victoria. Born at Lauriston, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915; evacuated Gallipoli, went to Mudros, and then proceeded to Alexandria, disembarking, 27 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Took part in a raid on enemy's trenches on night of 29/30 June 1916.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 1 August 1916.

To be Temporary Sergeant, 1 October 1916; promoted Sergeant, 1 October 1916.

To Cadet Bn, England, 11 March 1917.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, France, 7 April 1917.

Wounded in action, France, 5 May 1917; admitted to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 6 May 1917 (gun shot wound, left forearm); trnasferred to Ambulance Train, 6 May 1917; to 2nd Red Cross Hospital, 6 May 1917; to England, 27 May 1917; admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, England, 28 May 1917; transferred to Cobham Hall, Kent, 30 July 1917; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, 6 September 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, 6 September 1917; marched out to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 8 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 November 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, France, 19 November 1917; marched out to unit, 22 November 1917; rejoined unit, 24 November 1917.

To be Lieutenant, France, 30 November 1917.

Proceeded to 1st Anzac Corps School, 5 December 1917; rejoined unit, Belgium, 24 December 1917.

Proceeded to X Corps School, 15 January 1918; rejoined unit, 20 February 1918.

To Australian Corps Infantry School, France, 9 July 1918; rejoined unit, 19 August 1918.

On leave to England, 23 August 1918; rejoined unit, 11 September 1918.

Killed in action, 5 October 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENNIE Stanley James

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