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Friday, 10 April 2015

Lest we forget - St Kilda Digger Albert Alfred Bent

Ari Burnu Cemetery, Gallipoli. Photograph Jim Claven 2015
As I walked around the graves of the fallen Anzacs at the little Ari Burnu Cemetery near Anzac Cove I came across a digger connected to St Kilda in the City of Port Phillip, the City where our new Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial will be erected in August 2015.
Trooper Albert Bent. NAA
He was Trooper 223 Albert Alfred Bent, of the 8th Australian Light Horse. He served in A troop, B squadron, 3rd brigade.
Born in Albury NSW, he had attended Albury State School.
Enlisting at the age of 35 in Melbourne on 17th September 1914, he listed his profession as a labourer, working in the building trade.
His place of association is listed as St Kilda - his mother Preston C Bent lived at 57 Spencer Street in that suburb, and maybe that's where Albert lived before he enlisted.
Trooper Albert Bent Service Records. NAA
He sailed from Princes Pier, Melbourne, aboard the HMAT A16 Star of Victoria. It left Melbourne on the 25th February 1915. After arriving in Egypt, Albert sailed from Alexandria in Egypt on 16th May 1915, headed for Gallipoli.
Just over a month later - on 27th June 1915 - Albert was killed in action and was buried at the cemetery then called Gallipoli Point, now known as Ari Burnu.
Trooper Albert Bent Service Records. NAA
He received the British War Medal, 1914-15 Star and Victory Medal.

 Jim Claven at Albert Bent's grave, Ari Burnu Cemetery. Photograph Jim Claven 2015
Lest we forget.

Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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