William Bennetts

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William Groves Bennetts was born in Ballarat East. His father was William James Bennetts.[1] At the time of his enlistment in [World War One] he was living in from Daylesford, Victoria.[2] He was single and aged 21 years when he enlisted. His father was James Bennetts of Daylesford.[3]

Military Experience

Sapper (489) William Groves Bennetts was a 21 year old single miner living at Daylesford. He enlisted on the 16th July 1915 in the First Tunnelling Corps and was a member of the 2nd Tunnelling Company.[4],and he returned to Australia at the end of the war on the 9th February 1919 [5] William Bennett gave his father, William Bennetts of Daylesford, as his next of kin.[6]

William Bennetts embarked from Sydney, on board the HMAY Ulysses on the 20th February 1916.[7] He was granted leave in England from 02 January 1919 to 03 January 1919, and returned to Australia on the Ascanius.[8]

In 1933 William Bennetts was living at 528 Drummond Street South, Ballarat. He died on 16 June 1949.[9]

See also

2nd Tunnelling Company



  1. NAA: B2455, BENNETTS W G.
  2. Research by Damian Finlayson
  3. https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=20539 accessed 23rd September 2014
  4. Research by Damian Finlayson
  5. https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=20539 accessed 23rd September 2014
  6. NAA: B2455, BENNETTS W G.
  7. http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1734974/ accessed 23rd September 2014
  8. NAA: B2455, BENNETTS W G.
  9. NAA: B2455, BENNETTS W G.

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--Cgervasoni (talk) 20:15, 28 April 2014 (EST)

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