William Alfred BENNETT

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BENNETT, William Alfred

Service Number: 2287
Enlisted: 7 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bristol, England, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Meningie, The Coorong, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway Employee, South Australian Railways
Died: Killed in action, Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France, 20 July 1916, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
No known grave v.c. corner Australian cemetery and memorial Fromelles
Memorials: Adelaide HB09 South Australian Railways - Adelaide Railway Station*, Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, MeningieM1 WW1 & WW2*, Murray Bridge WW1 Honour Roll*
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World War 1 Service

7 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
9 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2287, 32nd Infantry Battalion
9 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2287, 32nd Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
20 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2287, 30th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
Date unknown: Involvement 30th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

His story

Born in Bristol England and came to Australia in about 1912 at the age of 23
He worked in Meningie as a railway worker before he enlisted on the 7th January 1916. He was assigned to the 32nd Battalion and left aboard the Anchises on the 30th March 1916. He transferred to the 30th Battalion in May of that year. On the 19th July the 30th battalion played a role in the AIF’s first major battle on the Western front at Fromelles. William was one of almost 2000 Australian soldiers who lost their lives that night, and is among the 1299 whose grave is unknown and whose name is on the wall of the VC Corner Memorial near Fromelles in France. He was 26 at the time of his death.

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Biography

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Mother, Mrs Rose Bennett, 16 City Road, Bristol, England

Previous Military Service: Mother, Mrs Rose Bennett, 16 City Road, Bristol, England

The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA: 1880 - 1954) Friday 7 January 1916

ANSWERED THE CALL.

The sinking of the Persia and the   Geelong, two large steamers well known to Australians, had some effect on the number of offers of service during the week. As soon as the   local recruiting office was opened on Tuesday after the holidays, enquiries were made as to the conditions of enlistment. Those who on Tuesday and   Wednesday signified their intention   to answer the call for men for the firing line were William Alfred Bennett,   Arthur Colin Gordon, William Francis Rouse, and Alexander Henry Dawson, all of Murray Bridge. It is   understood that a number of Murray   Bridge men joined the large crowd   that enlisted at the Adelaide Depot   during Christmas week. We all have   the hope now since the Commonwealth boys have been withdrawn from Gallipoli that Australia must be "in at the death." wherever that may be, still we realise that all Australia's sacrifice has not been in vain. The withdrawal was just as clever as the landing. 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147710196 (nla.gov.au)

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