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Benjamin Rayner STEWART

Regimental number730
Place of birthBright Victoria
Address143 Bank Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinWife, Mrs M Stewart, 143 Bank Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date15 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name2nd Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll234
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Second Supplement No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 13 March 1918

Military Medal

'During the operations of 20th September 1917 in the vicinity of GLENCORSE WOOD near YPRES, Sgt. STEWART was engaged on the construction of a strong point. He gave great assistance to his Section Officer in conducting his party through a heavy barrage to the site selected for the strong point, personally assisting one of his men who was wounded to a place of safety. He gave assistance also in marking out, and settling the party to work and in constantly directing its progress under fire. He twice went out in front of the strongpoint and dressed wounded men, procured stretchers and saw them despatched to the dressing station. He continued his work all day until he himself was seriously wounded. His magnificent example was largely responsible for the construction of an excellent defence work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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