John BENNETT

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BENNETT, John

Service Number: 2373
Enlisted: 7 June 1916, Rylstone, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 54th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sofala, New South Wales, 8 February 1893
Home Town: Sofala, Mid-Western Regional, New South Wales
Schooling: Sofala State School
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, Bullecourt, France, 15 May 1917, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

7 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2373, Rylstone, New South Wales
30 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2373, 54th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
30 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2373, 54th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
15 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2373, 54th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...2373 Private John Bennett, 54th Battalion, of Sofala, NSW. A miner before enlisting in June 1916, Pte Bennett left Australia for England with the 5th Reinforcements in September 1916, and arrived in France for service on the Western Front in December 1916. Pte Bennett was killed in action during the Second Battle of Bullecourt on 15 May 1917, aged 24. The portrait of Pte Bennett was kept in the roof cavity of a Sydney home for 40 years before it was recently discovered and donated to the Memorial." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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