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Regimental number1268
Place of birthBromsgrove, England
Age on arrival in Australia19
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRailway Terrace, West Guildford, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26.7
Height5' 7"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Adelaide Pountney, Railway Terrace, West Guildford, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 June 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 1 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 23 December 1916
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialKantara War Memorial Cemetery (Row A, Grave No. 162), Egypt
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Sarah POUNTNEY; husband of Mrs A. POUNTNEY, Wokalup, Western Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Port Said, 18 September 1916 (lymphangitis); discharged to Details, 28 September 1916.

Killed in action, 23 December 1916.

Buried, Chaplain H.K. GORDON, East of Turkish Redoubt and South of Red Crescent Hospital, Magdaba, 24 December 1916; subsequently reinterred at Kantara War Cemetery.

Eye-witness report, 2890 Trooper J. ROLLO, 10th Light Horse Regiment, 2 February 1917: 'Ben was in A Troop - one of the best. We were mounted - fixed bayonets - & charging the Turkish Redoubt from the rear. The Turks bobbed down into their funk holes so that we could not reach them & one of the must have shot him after we passed. I saw him fall - killed instantaneously - and the stretcher-bearers showed me the bullet afterwards which had flattened after passing in at his back.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, POUNTNEY Benjamin
Red Cross File No 2180909T

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