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Theophilus BENNETT

Regimental number427
Place of birthGeraldine, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShearer
Address80 Stanmore Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, John Bennett, 80 Stanmore Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
Enlistment date8 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Harbonnieres on 9 August 1918.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 9th August 1918 near HARBONNIERES this man displayed great courage and determination while acting as one of a party of stretcher bearers. He made repeated trips across NO MANS LAND under a heavy fire during the day carrying in not only his own men, but those of the 29th Battalion and units of the 2nd Australian Division. Their work was carried on throughout the day under most trying conditions, but he refused to cease until the wounded had all been cleared. His bravery was above all praise, and he set a wonderful example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

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