Harry Thring Bennett

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Commander (retired) Harry Thring Bennett, D.S.O. (21 February, 1888 – ) served in the Royal Navy. Some Navy Lists call him "Henry".[1]

Life & Career

Born in Musselburgh, Scotland.

Bennett was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 July, 1909.[2]

Bennett served in the Royal Navy during World War I, being in the battleship H.M.S. Canopus at the Battle of the Falkland Islands in 1914.

Bennett was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 July, 1917.[3]

In 1918, he was posted to Bermuda to become Master Attendant and King's Harbour Master.

He transferred to the Royal Australian Navy and worked with the Hydrographic Branch, undertaking surveys of northern waters and of the Great Barrier Reef, taking command of the Australian surveying ship Geranium in 1924.

Bennett retired in 1929.

World War II

He served as Commander of H.M.A.S. Platypus and then as Staff Officer in Sydney of the Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships.[4]

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Kenneth H. L. MacKenzie
Captain of H.M.S. Geranium
1 Jan, 1924[5]
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Henry C. Phillips
as Captain of H.M.A.S. Penguin
Captain of H.M.A.S. Platypus
19 Feb, 1941[6]
Succeeded by


  1. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 293.
  2. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 8.
  3. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 363.
  4. Australian National Maritime Museum.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1926). p. 293.
  6. The Navy List. (December, 1941). p. 1614.