Victor James Bennetts was born in Beoudon, SA and working as a Dealer in Ballarat when he enlisted in the 8th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement on 1 March 1916 at the age of 36. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 July 1916, bound for overseas service. He was destined not to travel beyond England. A charge of being absent without leave, and a transfer in May 1917 to the 65th Battalion, appear to have been the most significant events during his period of service up to July 1917 when he left England to return to Australia on the Nestor. He disembarked at Melbourne on September 24th 1917 and was discharged a little more than a month later æmedically unfit – lumbago'.
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