On this day, July 6th, 1885 Allan BENNETT was born in Clunes Victoria. He was the 8th of 11 children of Henry Goulding BENNETT (1845-1934) and my great great grandmother’s little sister, Fanny COLLIER (1846-1939).
The SepiaSaturday prompt this week is a commemorative plaque dedicated to Louis Pasteur who on July 6th 1885 successfully treated a boy with rabies vaccine.
I thought it coincidental that Allan Bennett was born on this day, and there are a number of ‘plaques’ commemorating him, his colleagues, and the Battle of Fromelles where they lost their lives on 19/20 July 1916.
It's also coincidental that this month is the 97th anniversary of the battle.
The family had moved to Perth, Western Australia before 1900.
Allan was a 30 year old grocer in Kalgoorlie when he enlisted in 1915.
During the battle, Lance Corporal Allan Bennett was seen in German lines helping a badly wounded colleague, Corporal Robert Green back to safety when he fell.
It wasn’t until March of the following year (1917) that Germany returned his identification discs, and not until May 1917 that Allan’s family was notified that he was Killed In Action – a long anxious wait for the family.
I’ve blogged about Fromelles a couple of times after visiting there last year.
Here are two links for more information and more photos: one written on the anniversary, and one just after our visit.
A book, Fromelles The Final Chapters - How the buried Diggers were identified and their lives reclaimed written by Tim Lycett and Sandra Playle has just been released and will be launched at the end of this month.
|One of the plaques at the Cobbers Memorial|
|Plaque at the base of the Cobbers Memorial,|
there is a photo of the Cobbers memorial in one of my linked posts.
|First part of the info plaque at the cemetery|
|Second part of the info plaque at the cemetery|
|At the Cobbers memorial near VC Corner|
|Info about the battle at VC Corner|
|At VC Corner|