Shrapnel from A G Bennett

Production date
21 Oct 1917
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Description
Two artillery shrapnel fragments wrapped in gauze, the former having been surgically removed from wounds sustained by Lance Corporal Arthur G Bennett while serving with the 4th Pioneer Battalion A.I.F in Belgium on 21st October 2017.
Classification

CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Ordnance shell
Measurements
L30 x H15mm
Media/Materials description
Metal
History and use
Shrapnel thought to have been surgically removed from wounds sustained by Lance Corporal Arthur Bennett after a high explosive shell discharged close by on 21st October 1917. Bennett was serving at the time with the 4th Pioneer Battalion, A.I.F. in Rouen, Belgium.

Sixty percent of the fatalities suffred during the 1914 - 1918 war were caused by artillery and mortar fire.

Bennett also sustained gunshot wounds to the right arm and leg the following week.

Bennett survived the war, and returned to his pre-war job with the Queensland Rail Workshops at Ipswich.
Registration number
R6475.1

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