THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
BENNETT Philip Lyell
6/1017, Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Canterbury regiment
30967, Lieutenant Colonel, 3rd New Zealand Division

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 7 September 1944
For distinguished service in the field.  As Assistant Adjutant and Quarter Master General of 3rd Division, Lieutenant Colonel Bennett took control of all landing beaches during the operations which resulted in the capture of the Green (Nissan) Islands Group on 15 February 1944.  He accompanied the leading troops ashore.  His tireless energy, his inspiring example and the skill with which he directed and controlled the unloading operations were largely responsible for the successful landing in dense jungle across completely unprepared beaches of an immense amount of warlike stores.  He has moreover rendered very distinguished service in the other operations in which his division was engaged and which resulted in the capture of Vella Lavella and Treasury Islands

Military Cross
Gazetted 15 February 1919, p9805
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 23rd October 1918.  After being wounded he continued to lead his platoon in face of heavy shelling and machine gun fire.  About two hours later he was again wounded, and although his left arm was useless he refused to leave until he had led his platoon through Beaudignies and captured the bridgehead.  To his courage and determined leadership is chiefly due to success of the operations and he set a splendid example to all ranks.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
1939-45 Star
Africa Star
Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
       Mention in Despatches
New Zealand War Service Medal
Efficiency Decoration
New Zealand Territorial Service Medal
Philippine Liberation Medal (USA)

NOTES
Born 30 March 1898, Lyell, Buller, New Zealand
Died