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Benjamin Robert DUGDALE

Regimental number465
Place of birthBournvale, Victoria
SchoolState and Grammar School, Maldon, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressKelvin Grove, Northcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9.5"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinFather, E R Dugdale, Kelvin Grove, Northcote, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 4th Battery, Australian Field Artillery, Warrnambool, Victoria.
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentCamperdown, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 19), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Maldon, Victoria. Inscription beneath memorial window depicting St George reads: 'Pro Deo et Patria 1914 1919'. Parents: Edward Robert and Mary Burton DUGDALE, 1 Kelvin Grove, Northcote, Victoria. Native of Bowenvale, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, Lemnos, 5September 1915.

Appointed Temporary Corporal, Anzac, 26 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to, and taken on strength of, 60th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 24 February 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 25 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Detached for temporary duty at School of Instruction, 13 July 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Now, 1 September 1916, declared 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 960705, 1781 Pte A.G. WRAGG, B Company, 60th Bn, 15 January 1917: 'He was a Cpl. and used to be in the 8th. Batt. on the Peninsula. He belonged to B. Co. He was killed at Fleurbaix on July 19th. He fell across my feet as he went down a few yards from the German trenches. I am sure he is the man enquired for and that he was killed outright.'

Second statement, 4488 Pte W.G. FERGUSON, 59th Bn (patient, No 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen), 22 February 1917: 'At Fromelles during an attack, I saw him killed by Shell Fire (sic). I was quite close to him at the time. He belonged to B. Company.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, DUGDALE Benjamin Robert
Red Cross File No 960705

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