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Regimental number549
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationIron moulder
Address68 Mary Street, Preston, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinFather, Peter Benson, Windsor Avenue, Bentleigh, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Garrison Artillery; left 'through inconvenience'.
Enlistment date17 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll.
Discharge date18 December 1915
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1310 Sergeant Edward Peter BENSON, 7th Bn, returned to Australia, 6 October 1919; 6963 Pte William BENSON, 12th Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 7 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 12 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 19 May 1915 (shell wound, left leg: serious); admitted to Valetta Hospital, Malta, 24 May 1915; embarked for England, 21 June 1915; admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester, 28 June 1915.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 8 September 1915 (haemorrhoids); discharged, 15 September 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from Plymouth on board HT 'Suevic', 8 October 1915; discharged (wounded), 18 December 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 June 1962
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENSON John

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