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Benjamin Francis DIVE

Regimental number551
Place of birthHavelock, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGrazier
AddressVacey Plains via Dalby, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 9"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Evans Dive, 'Remura', Auckland, New Zealand
Previous military serviceCadets (3 years)
Enlistment date14 June 1916
Place of enlistmentToowoomba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 12, Reinforcement 9
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Machine Gun Company
FateDied of disease 25 October 1918
Age at death from cemetery records34
Place of burialSt. Sever Cemetry Extension (Block S, Plot II, Row KK, Grave No. 11), Rouen, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
176
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Evans and Anne DIVE, 23 Arney Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand. Native of Havelock, Marlborough, New Zealand
Family/military connectionsBrother: 6790 Pte William Evans DIVE, 11th Light Trench Mortar Battery, returned to Australia, 5 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 23 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 17 February 1917; marched into No 6 & 7 Camp, Perham Downs, 18 February 1917.

Marched out of Australian Details, Perham Downs, 23 February 1917; marched into Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 24 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 24 April 1917; marched into Australian Machine Gun Base Depot, Camiers, 25 April 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 6 May 1917; taken on strength on 12th Machine Gun Company, 6 May 1917.

On leave to England, 29 January 1918; rejoined unit, 16 February 1918.

Unit designation changes to 4th Machine Gun Bn, 1 April 1918.

On leave to Paris, 2 October 1918.

Admitted to No 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 18 October 1918 (broncho pneumonia).

Died, No 11 Stationary Hospital, 25 October 1918 (influenza, and broncho pneumonia).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DIVE Benjamin Francis

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