Francis (Frank) BENNETTS DCM, MM

Badge Number: S21815, Sub Branch: Alberton / Rosewater
S21815

BENNETTS, Francis

Service Numbers: 2333, S316
Enlisted: 19 March 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Warrant Officer Class 2
Last Unit: 4th Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 3 March 1895
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: wounds (natural causes), Adelaide, South Australia , 13 September 1979, aged 84 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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Peacetime

19 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia

World War 1 Service

23 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2333, 10th Infantry Battalion
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2333, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kanowna, Adelaide
29 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2333, 50th Infantry Battalion
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2333, 4th Machine Gun Battalion

World War 2 Service

1 Aug 1940: Involvement AIF WW1, Warrant Officer Class 2, SN S316

World War 1 Service

Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography

The key photograph shows Frank in his uniform wearing a white shirt and black tie in preparation for his wedding to his sweetheart Kathleen

Frank and Kathleen were one-eyed Port Adelaide Football club supporters and so much so they rarely missed a game and Kathleen bought black and white lollies for the family to enjoy during the matches
 
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Biography contributed by Manaswi Patel

Francis Bennetts was born in Adelaide, South Australia on 3rd March, 1895.

Before Bennetts enlisted in the war, he was a labourer. Bennetts father, John, wrote a letter to the AIF stating his permission for Francis to join the war.

A 20-year old Francis was posted to the AIF's 10th battalion and embarked to the war on the HMAT Kanowna where he joined the Gallipoli campaign. Following this campaign, Bennetts was evacuated to Egypt in December 1915. On return from Gallipoli, Bennetts was hospitalised during for 15 days for injuries. 

Following his discharge, Bennetts was charged for being absent without leave from the tattoo (lights out) at 10.00pm on the 8th December, 1915 until 1030am on the 10th December. For this crime, Bennetts was awarded the second highest punishment (CPO 2) - 7 days Field Punishment (FP = confined to barracks but not handcuffed), forfeiting 14 days pay. This punishment was imposed by his Commanding Officer.

From Eygpt, Bennetts was taken on strength by the 13th Australian Machine Gun Company and deployed to France in June, 1916. 

Bennetts serverd with the AIF for four years before returning to Australia in March, 1919.

For his service, Bennetts was awarded at war a Distinguished Conduct medal for "bravery and readiness to accept responsibility". Bennetts was also awarded a Military Medal for ‘’bravery and devotion’’ to duty during an attack on the Hindenburg line defences while in northern France.

Bennetts also enlisted for World War II.

Bennetts died of natural causes on 13th September, 1979.  

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