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Keith Clarence BENNETT

Regimental number705
Place of birthTruro, South Australia
SchoolTruro State School, SA
AddressMilitary Road South, Henley Beach, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Ellen Bennett, 31 Henley Beach Road, Mile End, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 December 1914
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A52 Surada on 6 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 12 November 1917
Place of death or woundingBurkusee Village, Palestine
Date of death12 November 1917
Age at death20.9
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsJerusalem Memorial, Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Henry and Ellen BENNETT, 32 1st Avenue, St Peter's, South Australia. Native of Truro, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915; evacuated sick, 5 September 1915 (gastro enteritis); admitted to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, Egypt, 5 September 1915; discharged for light duties in Egypt, 3 October 1915; admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 6 October 1915 (gastro enteritis); discharged to duty, 14 October 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 27 December 1915.

Marched out to Serapeum, 27 February 1916.

Found guilty, 27 May 1916 of being absent from parade, 26 May 1916: awarded 7 days’ Field Punishment No 2.

To Rest Camp, Port Said, 7 November 1916; returned to duty, 13 November 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 3 December 1916 (tonsillitis); transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, 4 December 1916; to Australian Stationary Hospital, Bir-el-Abd, 5 December 1916; to New Zealand Mounted Field Ambulance, 7 December 1916; to No 24 Stationary Hospital, 7 December 1916 (diphtheria); to 14th Australian General Hospital, 1 January 1917; to Convalescent Depot, Abbassia, 8 January 1917; discharged and taken on strength, 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 21 January 1917.

Transferred to 9th Light Horse Regiment, 12 February 1917; taken on strength, 12 December 1917.

To Imperial School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 2 June 1917; appointed Lance Corporal, 4 June 1917; passed as Gunner, 27th Hotchkiss Course, 13 June 1917; returned to unit, 14 June 1917.

To Rest Camp, 14 July 1917; admitted to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 14 July 1917 (debility); transferred to 5th Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance, 14 July 1917; discharged to duty, 23 July 1917; rejoined unit, 23 July 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 22 August 1917 (diarrhoea); discharged to duty, 23 August 1917.

Killed in action, Palestine, 12 November 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENNETT Keith Clarence

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