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Regimental number15233
Place of birthAnahilt, Co Down, Ireland
AddressWoolooga, via Gympie, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 8.5"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Francis McKee Bennett, Woolooga, via Gympie, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 January 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameSeptember 1916 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Company Engineers
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 13 January 1916 - Engineer Reinforcements. Taken on strength, 7th Field Company Engineers, 8 April 1917. Lance Corporal, 8 June 1918. Mortally wounded, 6 July 1918.
FateDied of wounds 14 July 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Date of death14 July 1918
Age at death27
Place of burialSt. Sever Cemetery Extension (Block Q, Plot II, Row M, Grave No. 5), Rouen, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney on HT 'Ceramic', 7 October 1916.

Admitted to isolation whilst at sea, 21 October 1916 (venereal disease); discharged to general population, 4 November 1916 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 15 days); disembarked Plymouth, 21 November 1916; marched into No 3 Camp, Parkhouse, 23 November 1916; moved out to Brightlingsea Engineers Training Depot, Perham Downs, 4 January 1917. Proceeded to France, 18 March 1917, and marched into Australian General Base Depot, Etaples; moved out to field, 7 April 1917; taken on strength of 7th Field Company Engineers, 8 April 1917; detached for duty with 1st Anzac Corps Machine Gun Officer, 29 August 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 20 September 1917; proceeded to England on leave, 17 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 8 March 1918; appointed Lance Corporal, 8 June 1918.

Admitted to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, 6 July 1918 (gun shot wound, back and abdomen); to Ambulance Train '30', 8 July 1918; admitted to 9th United States' General Hospital, Rouen, 8 July 1918.

Died of wounds received in action, 14 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENNETT Matthew

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