Roydon Louis Charles BENNETT


BENNETT, Roydon Louis Charles

Service Number: 5342
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 8 July 1890
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Kew High School
Occupation: National Bank
Died: Killed in Action, Pozieres, France, 18 August 1916, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Plot 1V, Row R, Grave No. 24, Ovillers-La-Boisselle, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

4 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5342, 7th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
4 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5342, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Greg Larsen

Roydon Louis Charles Bennett son of Charles Samuel and Zilpah Bennett born July 8, 1890 in North Brighton, Melbourne, Victoria. Attended Kew High School and Trinity Grammar School before joining the National Bank as a Bank Clerk. He eventually went to work at a small farm in Woodend, Victoria where he met Gladys Annie Davies, of Ballarat, Victoria whom he married on July 15, 1915. They were only married a short time and had no children. He enlisted on March 31, 1916 in the AIF and embarked on the "EURIPIDES" in Melbourne arrivng in Alexandria on May 25, 1916 and then per "TUNISIAN" arriving in Marseilles on June 4, 1916. His unit marched to Etaples and joined the 7th Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade on July 26, 1916 and 23 days later later he was killed. He was an Acting Sergeant in the re-inforcements but reverted to a Private on joining the Regiment on the 26th. Like so many other Australians he fell at Pozieres, in 'No Man's Land' near the German trenches.