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John Thornton BENNETT

Regimental number206
Place of birthBallina New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address9 Edward Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Jas. Bennett, 9 Edward Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Le Peuplier near Caestre on the night of the 28-29 April 1918.'
Recommendation date: 16 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at LE PEUPLIER near CAESTRE on the night of 28th/29th April, 1918. The enemy opened a heavy shell fire on the 102nd Battery Wagon Lines. These N.C.O.s. and men [BENNETT, 160 E.G. CHUDLEIGH, 4028 J. LEWIN] showed great courage and devotion to duty in rescuing two men from under a tree, which had fallen on four men, killing two. The further shelling set fire to a dump of ammunition, which spread to the stables. They then turned their attention to the extinguishing of the fire, and afterwards to the release and withdrawal of the horses and other Government property. They showed great courage and determination throughout, and were conspicuous among a gallant party of 12 organised by Captain DOHERTY.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Date of death31 July 1965
Place of burialMacquarie Park Cemetery

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