Hendrick John BONGERS


BONGERS, Hendrick John

Service Numbers: 4139, 4139A
Enlisted: 25 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, NSW, 1897
Home Town: Auburn, Auburn, New South Wales
Schooling: Auburn Superior Public School
Occupation: Fitter
Died: Killed In Action, France, 12 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Auburn Boys Public School Pictorial Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4139, 1st Infantry Battalion
20 Dec 1915: Involvement Private, SN 4139, 1st Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
20 Dec 1915: Embarked Private, SN 4139, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
12 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4139A, 45th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Official news was received by Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Bongers, of "Truro, " Dartbrook-road, Auburn, at the end of last week, that their son, Private Hendrick John Bongers had been killed in action in France. The young hero left for the front towards the end of December last, when only 18 years of ago, and he turned 19 whilst abroad. Ho was attached to A Company, 45th Battalion, of which his step-brother, Captain Stan. Perry, was commanding officer. As a lad he attended the Auburn Superior Public School. He was a good lad, and was liked by every one who knew him. In his last letter to his parents he wrote, "Pray that my duty be well done."