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Regimental number2079
Place of birthMariehamn, Finland
AddressSailors' Home, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 10"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, Henry Benson, Ytternas, Marieham, Finland
Enlistment date28 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/14/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1917
Discharge date21 January 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 26 July 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 2 November 1916; taken on strength, 2nd Pioneer Bn, 16 November 1916.

Found guilty, 3 January 1917, of neglect of duty in that he failed to carry out an order given by an NCO: awarded 3 days Field Punishment No. 2.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 16 January 1917 (chronic rheumatism); transferred to 8th General Hospital, Rouen, 24 January 1917; to England, 31 January 1917, and admitted to 2nd Birmingham War Hospital, 1 February 1917; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 2 March 1917. Granted furlough, 14 -29 March 1917, to report to No. 4 Command Depot, Wareham. Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 31 March 1917; discharged, 13 July 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 107 days.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 19 October 1917; discharged, 21 January 1918 (medically unfit).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medals returned ('untraceable').

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