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John Thomas BENTLEY

Regimental number664
Place of birthCasino New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLineman
Addressc/o Mrs M Bentley, Richmond River, Casino, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMrs M Bentley, Richmond River, Casino, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Unspecified


Recommendation date: 10 March 1917

Military Medal


Great skill and coolness in handling Platoon. Consistent marked ability and courage on patrol duty. (Lagnicourt 15 April 1917)
Recommendation date: 20 April 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Work at Villeret on 18 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 28 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 16 October 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For most conspicuous gallantry and dash at Villeret, on 18 September, 1918. When he saw two platoons in front held up by machine gun fire, he at once led his platoon under heavy fire to a flank position, and got his gun into action. He then charged the trench with his platoon, killing one and capturing twenty. Later, he led a charge against an enemy field gun and captured it; he also captured several prisoners. Throughout he behaved splendidly.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

Military Medal

'At LAGNICOURT, FRANCE, on 15th April 1917, Sgt. BENTLEY showed great skill and coolness in handling his platoon and even though wounded continued to direct the fire of his men until the enemy were checked and driven back. During his company's tour on outpost duty this N.C.O. showed exceptional ability and courage when out on reconnoitring patrols. His work at all times has been performed with marked ability, and his devotion to duty and tireless energy has been most marked.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death13 August 1959
Place of burialCasino Cemetery

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