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Frederick Robert BENSON

Regimental number2051
Place of birthGranville, Cumberland, New South Wales
SchoolBurwood Superior Public School, NSW
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAlexander House, Blatelle Street, Granville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, Leslie R Benson, Alexander House, Blatelle Street, Granville, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed 1 year with the Garrison Artillery, Middle Head, NSW.
Enlistment date2 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Australian Light Railway Operating Coy.
FateKilled in Action 19 October 1917
Place of death or woundingMenin Road, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death20.9
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialMenin Road South Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row J, Grave No. 22), Ypres, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Leslie Robert and Maude Ellen BENSON, "Alexander House", Blaxcell Street, Granville, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 3rd Bn, Gallipoli, 14 June 1915; admitted to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 14 July 1915 (debility); transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 14 July 1917; to 15th Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 23 July 1915; to England, 31 August 1915; admitted to County London War Hospital, Epsom, 11 September 1915; found guilty, 4 December 1915, of disrespect to an officer: awarded 24 hours detention.

Marched into Overseas Base, Ghezireh, Egypt, from England, 5 March 1916; rejoined 3rd Bn, Serapeum, 11 March 1916.

Taken on strength, 45th Bn, 31 March 1916.

Admitted to 12th Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 16 April 1916 (wound in eye); transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, 16 April 1916; to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 16 April 1916; to 3rd Australian General Hospital; discharged to details, 26 April 1917.

Taken on strength, 4th Pioneer Bn, Serapeum, 3 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 4 June 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 11 June 1916.

Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, France, 9 September 1916 (debility); discharged to duty, 23 September 1916; rejoined 4th Pioneer Bn, 25 September 1916.

Transferred to Anzac Light Railways, 17 January 1917.

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, France, 31 March 1917 (corneal ulcer); transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, 31 March 1917; to 8th Field Ambulance (abscess breast); to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 31 March 1917; discharged to duty, 5 April 1917; rejoined unit, 6 April 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 14 April 1917 (inflammation of connective tissues, left foot); discharged, 19 April 1917; rejoined unit, 20 April 1917.

Promoted 2nd Corporal, 11 June 1917.

On leave to England, 18 July 1917; rejoined unit, 31 July 1917.

Detached for duty to 4th Army Section, Australian Divisional Light Railway, 31 July 1917; rejoined unit, 7 August 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 19 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENSON Frederick Robert

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