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Ernest Edward BONETTI

Regimental number4747
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
SchoolSt Peter's School, Eastern Hill, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationReader's assistant
AddressCorner Victoria Parade, off Nicholson Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6.75"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Bonetti, corner Victoria Parade, off Nicholson Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Military Forces for 3 years.
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 20 July 1915 and posted to 5th Bn, 15th Reinforcements. Taken on strength, 60th Bn, 20 April 1916.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Date of death19 July 1916
Age at death22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 19), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
169
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 60th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note on Red Cross File No 450601: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BONETTI Ernest Edward
Red Cross File No 450601

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