Sapper Sydney Bennett
2nd Signal Squadron
Serial Number: 21660
Born: 22 December 1889, St Marys, NSW
Died: 21 October 1918, Damascus, Syria
Sydney William Bennett was born on 22 December 1889 at “Bronte” St Marys, the son of James William and Mary Barclay (nee Shand) Bennett. James Bennett was a wagon builder and the owner and builder of “Bronte” at St Marys. Bennett attended St Marys Public School and worked in his father’s wagon business as a blacksmith at St Marys before enlisting. Bennett’s younger brother, Harold Victor also enlisted during World War 1 and served with the 20th Battalion and after being wounded, was invalided home to Australia in November 1918.
Bennett enlisted on 26 November 1917 and was allocated to the Reinforcement for the 2nd Military District Engineers on 4 December 1917 before being transferred to Signals on 13 February 1918. He embarked on the SS Port Darwin on 30 April 1918 and after disembarking at Suez on 7 June 1918, marched into the reinforcements camp at Moascar. On 9 July 1918, Bennett was posted to the Signal Training Unit and a fortnight later was posted to 2nd Signals Squadron, Australian Mounted Division. On 16 October 1918, Bennett was admitted to hospital with malaria and transferred to the Australian Divisional Receiving Station at Damascus on the 21 October 1918 where he died from malaria the same day.
- Honor Roll, St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, St Marys
- Honor Roll, Victoria Park, St Marys
- Damascus West Military Cemetery
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