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Francis Joseph Arthur BENT

Regimental number4512
Place of birthWangaratta, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address11 James Street, East Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emma Bent, 11 James Street, East Richmond, Victoria
Enlistment date10 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (altered to Distinguished Conduct Medal)

Recommendation date: 23 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 April 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery. On reaching the objective in the attack near MORLANCOURT on the 19th instant, it was found that no machine guns had arrived and this soldier immediately returned across the area which was swept by intense machine gun and rifle fire to a spot where we had suffered most casualties in penetrating the enemy's wire. On searching the ground he found a gun of which the gunners had been killed and returned with it to where his platoon was holding the line. He immediately went back again and brought in another gun under similar circumstances. On making a third trip Private BENT obtained several panniers of machine gun ammunition which had been lost on the way across. His conduct throughout was extremely cool and his bearing inspired the remainder of the men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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