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Samuel Robert LENNARD

Regimental number4229
Place of birthCanley Vale, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
AddressPipe Head, Guildford, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinFather, T.S. Lennard, Pipe Head, Guildford, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 3.5 years in the Senior Cadets; then in 20th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date12 September 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialRue-du-Bois Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 41), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
161
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 3085 Corporal Augustus Thomas LENNARD, 55th Bn, returned to Australia, 14 January 1917; 4228 Pte Henry LENNARD, 55th Bn, killed in action, 21 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, and proceeded to 2nd Bn from 1st Training Bn, Zeitoun, 14 February 1916; joined 2nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 14 February 1916.

Transferred to 55th Bn, 27 February 1916; taken on strength of 55th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 27 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Previous report of missing, now, 28 July 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Buried Rue de Bois Cemetery by Reverend F.P. Williams, 20 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1581001, 2772 Sergeant C.R. MATTERSON, C Company, 55th Bn, 26 August 1916: 'There were three brothers Lennard in C. Co. ... One was a Cpl. and the others were Privates. One of them, who was not the cpl., and whose name I think as Sam, was wounded in Noman's (sic) Land on July 19. at fleurbaix. He, Sgt. Fuller, 4806, C. Co., and I were working together, brinig up sand bags. We were not far from the communication trench which B. Co. was digging, when Lennard was hit by M.G. fire through the legs, and fell. We had to lie flat to avoid the heavy firing. We managed to pile sand bags on Lennard as a protection. I had to go back for further material and was wounded soon afterwards. I know nothing further ... '

Second statement, 3124A Pte H.J. ROBINSON, 55th (patient, No 6 General Hospital, Rouen), 15 January 1917: 'Lennard was hit by a shell, he was taken to a dug out and from there to hospital. He must have died of his wounds.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LENNARD Samuel Robert
Red Cross File No 1581001

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