Private Samuel James Bennett

Service number 3257, 3257A
Birth Date 1901-10-28
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Lithgow, Bowenfels
Death Date 1918-04-04
Death Place France
Also known as Samuel Joseph Bennett
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 35th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War, 1914-1918

Private Samuel James Bennett (3257, 35th Battalion) was an alias for Joseph Samuel Bennett, born 1901 at Bowenfels, NSW. Samuel claimed to be a coke worker when he enlisted in June 1917, although his mother later recorded that his calling was dairyman. Samuel's mother wrote to the army requesting that he be sent home as under age, which had been approved. However it was too late for Samuel. He was wounded during the battle of Avre on 4 April 1918 and last seen in no man's land surrounded by heavy enemy fire. A court of enquiry later determined that he had been killed in action on that day. Samuel has no known grave and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France. He was 16 years 5 months of age at the time of his death.



Date of birth 28 October 1901
Date of enlistment 09 June 1917
Date of embarkation 02 August 1917
Date of death 04 April 1918
Date of fate 04 April 1918