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Roy Benson BENNETT

Regimental number19243
Place of birthRichmond New South Wales
AddressWindsor Street, Richmond, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, A G Bennett, Windsor Street, Richmond, New South Wales
Previous military service3rd Infantry
Enlistment date17 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 7, Brigade Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Ammunition Column
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Conspicuous bravery at Pleogsteert on nights 4-5, 5-6, 6-7 June 1917.
Recommendation date: 15 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919

Military Medal

"At Ploegsteert, Belgium on the nights, 4/5, 5/6 and 6/7 June 1917 this non-commissioned officer was in charge of the working party at the gun ammunition dump at Ploegsteert siding. The dump was shelled continually during three consecutive nights with gas and other shells and this non-commisioned officer by his coolness under fire, his disregard of danger, and his personal example, succeeded in imparting confidence to the gunners working under him, and enabled the issue of ammunition to proceed almost without interruption. The dump was eventually set on fire, and it was impossible to issue any more ammunition from it."
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

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