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Regimental number825
Place of birthTamworth New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWest Tamworth, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMrs W Beness, West Tamworth, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'These men [1431 Albert BRENTON, 2403 Charles Peter KENT, and BENESS] distinguished themselves in the fighting near Riencourt on 11th April 1917. The fourth member of their squad was killed early in the fight but though a man short these three continued to carry in wounded for fourteen hours without a rest, in spite of heavy rifle, machine gun and shell fire. They saved a very large number of men and set a splendid example.'
Recommendation date: 16 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 May 1946
Place of burialMacquarie Park Cemetery

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