Gent, Air Mechanic Class I Clarence Lindzee (142)

No 67 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Clarence Gent from Shepperton, Victoria, was a Plumber aged 23 when he joined the AFC in Melbourne on 15 January 1916. After a period at Laverton, he left Melbourne on HMAT A67 Orsova on 16 March 1916. On arrival in Egypt he was posted to ‘E’ Detachment Aircraft Park before joining No 67 (Australian) Sqn. He spent some periods in hospital before rejoining his squadron, where he was promoted to AMI and employed as a cook.

He died on 13 December 1917 after an accident two days earlier when he threw petrol onto a cooking stove he was attempting to light. Unknown to AM Gent, there was a small fire still burning in the stove and when fuel was thrown into the stove it exploded, with the flames igniting more fuel that he was still carrying, causing him to be severely burned.

AMI C L Gent is buried in Grave XIII F 11 at Gaza War Cemetery, Palestine.

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