Edward James BENNETTS


BENNETTS, Edward James

Service Number: 1559
Enlisted: 19 December 1914, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 29 July 1878
Home Town: Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Golden Square State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Miner
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 15 May 1915, aged 36 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at sea, Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Hill Zinc Corporation Roll of Honour, Golden Square District, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

19 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1559, Adelaide, South Australia
19 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1559, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1559, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
15 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1559, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Died at sea on board HMT Gascon from wounds received in Gallipoli

Son of Maria Friggins Bennetts, 147 Booth Street, Golden Square

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gallipoli, 1915

Pte. Edward James Bennetts, 10th Battalion Australian Infantry, died of wounds aboard H.M.H.S. Gascon on 15th May 1915. Buried at sea, he is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial.

“Private Edward James Bennetts was the son of Mrs. R. Bennetts, of Booth-street north, Golden-square. When a youth he was a well-known member of the West Bendigo Football Club, and also took an active interest in cricket. He was 36 years of age, and left Bendio about 15 years ago, and since then did a considerable amount of travelling, he having visited New Zealand, Tasmania, South Australia, and Western Australia. At the time of his enlistment he was working in the mines of Broken Hill. He was a single man, and in addition to his widowed mother, he has six brothers, one of whom is Mr. T. Bennetts, well-known as the district deputy Grand Master M.U.I.O.O.F. Another brother, Private C. Bennetts, is at present in camp with the 13th Light Horse. The late Private E. J. Bennetts was a member of the 3rd Reinforcements, 10th Infantry Brigade.” [1]

The former miner was the 36 year-old son of Maria Friggins Bennetts, of 147 Booth Street, Golden Square, Bendigo, Victoria.

[1] 'Bendigo Advertiser' (Victoria), 1st June 1915.