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Sergeant Henry Bennett

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Henry William Bennett

Ancestor's date of birth: 02/09/1877

Ancestor's date of death: 15/07/1952

Cause of Death: Old age.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Farmer and carrier in Warwick district, QLD.

Service Number: 10

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Warwick

Unit: 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: 1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War promotion.

Murray Page: 467

Contingent: Third Queensland

Ship: Duke of Portland, Date of Sailing: 02/03/1900

Memorial details: Mt Thompson Crematorium, Brisbane

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, Orange Free State, Rhodesia, Cape Colony and South Africa 1901 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Unknown, was a cadet at school in Warwick.

Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including relief of Mafikeng (16-17 May 1900), defeat at Koster River (22 July 1900) and defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), and advance on Pietersburg.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia June 1901 on Morayshire and train from Sydney. Was a farmer at Inglewood. Married on 07 January 1903. Raised a family of 12 children. Retired to Cleveland and died there. Cremated at Mt Thompson Crematorium, Brisbane.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Graham Douglas Bennett, Cairns QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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