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Eric BENJAFIELD

Regimental number34393
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationOrchardist
AddressNubeena, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 3.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, Dr H Benjafield, Albert Park, Moonah, Tasmania
Previous military serviceMember of the Nubeena Rifle Club. Previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of height.
Enlistment date27 November 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 November 1916
Place of enlistmentHobart, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade, March 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/128/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 11 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 19 August 1919
Discharge date13 December 1919
Family/military connectionsCousin (distant): 29919 Gunner Eric William BENJAFIELD, 5th Field Artillery Brigade, died of wounds, 14 April 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 11 May 1917; admitted to ship's hospital, at sea, 7 June 1917; discharged from ship's hospital, 9 June 1917 (no further details recorded); disembarked Devonport, England, 20 July 1917; marched in to Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, Larkhill, 21 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 September 1917; taken on strength, 1st Divisional Ammunition Column, Belgium, 24 September1917, and posted to No 2 Section.

Wounded in action, 30 September 1917 (gun shot wound, back), and admitted to 17th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to Ambulance Train No 126, 1 October 1917, and admitted to 22nd General Hospital, Dannes, 2 October 1917; transferred to England, 12 October 1917, and admitted to Berrington War Hospital, Shrewsbury, 13 October 1917. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 7 November 1917; to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 November 1917; to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 15 November 1917.

Admitted to Camp Isolation Hospital, Hurdcott, 7 January 1918 (scabies); marched out from Isolation Hospital to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 15 March 1918; marchedout to Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, Heytesbury, 28 March 1918.

Found guilty, 5 April 1918, of being out bounds in Trowbridge on a Salisbury pass: awarded 6 days confined to barracks.

Proceeded overseas to France, 7 May 1918.

Transferred to 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 17 May 1918.

Admitted to 1st Casualty Clearing Station, 5 August 1918 (enteritis); transferred to Ambulance Train No 4, 14 August 1918, and admitted same day to 16th US General Hospital, Le Treport (diarrhoea); to 1st Australian Convalescent Depot, Havre, 25 August 1918; discharged to Base Depot, 5 September 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 12 September 1918.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 24 October 1918 (influenza); discharged to duty, 4 November 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 12 February 1919.

Leave extended, 13 March to 13 July 1919 (Non-Military Employment, with pay and subsistence of 6/- per day: experience in fruit packing and export, with F.W. Moore & Co, Arthur Street, London.

Marched in to No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 28 July 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ajana', 19 August 1919; disembarked Sydney, 9 October 1919, for onward travel to Tasmania; discharged, Hobart, 13 December 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENJAFIELD Eric

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