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Alfred Ernest BENSON

Regimental number3046
Place of birthPerth, Western Australia
SchoolJames Street State School, Perth, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil servant
Address9 Hutt Street, Mt Lawley, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 10"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ann Benson, 9 Hutt Street, Mt Lawley, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column (Sept-Oct 1914)
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A7 Medic on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
FateKilled in Action 7 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGaba Tepe, Gallipoli, Turkey
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialShell Green Cemetery (Plot II, Row K, Grave No. 29), Gallipoli
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated (bronze plaque) in St George's Cathdral, Perth, Western Australia: 'Members of the Cathedral Choir who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918. The stop on the Great Organ Lieblick Gedacht is given by fellow choristers and friends Anzac Day 1931.' Second brass plaque beneath window ('Member of the choir of this Cathedral'). Parents: John and Mary Ann BENSON, 40 Chelmsford Road, North Perth, Western Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Transferred from 1st Divisional Ammunition Column to 8th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, Egypt, 5 April 1915; killed in action, Gallipoli, 7 May 1915 (shrapnel wound through head).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENSON Alfred Ernest

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