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Roland George BENSLEY

Regimental number1676
Date of birth23 April 1897
Place of birthLondon, England
SchoolSolomontown, South Australia
Age on arrival in Australia2
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPort Pirie, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18.4
Height5' 4.5"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Francis Bensley, Institute, Port Pirie, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets (Senior), Citizen Military Forces,Roland George BENSLEY as 2nd Lieutenant.
Enlistment date4 September 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 11 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularCrossbearer, St. Pauls Church, Port Pirie, South Australia
FateDied of wounds 16 September 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Date of death16 September 1916
Age at death19
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialBologne Eastern Cemetery, (Plot VIII, Row C, Grave 141), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Roland and Annie Francis BENSLEY, Port Pirie, South Australia. Native of London, England
Family/military connectionsCousin: Major Herbert Cotton (died prisoner of war); Brother in Law: Lieutenant Harry R Neale, M.C.; Cousin: Brigadier General Arthur C Cotton; Cousin: Captain Benjamin Cotton
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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