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Regimental number11A
Place of birthRoscrea, Co Tipperary, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressEast Prahran, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 4"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Benson, Shinrone Roscrea, Co Tipperary, Ireland
Enlistment date2 February 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNo 1 Australian General Hospital
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Mooltan on 18 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 29 May 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Discharge date15 November 1919
Other details

War service: nursing duties on board HT 'Wandilla', Suez to Australia, 13 December 1915.

Returned from Australia on board HT 'Wiltshire'; joined 12th Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 4 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 11 June 1916.

Evacuated to 36th Casualty Clearing Station, 8 November 1916 (influenza); admitted same day to 3rd Stationary Hospital, Rouen,; transferred to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 12 November 1916; discharged to Base Details, 14 November 1916; rejoined unit in the field, 24 November 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance Rest Station, 7 January 1917 (bronchitis); rejoined unit, 21 January 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 29 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 11 April 1917; remained at duty.

Awarded Military Medal, 23 June 1917.

On leave to Paris, 20 November 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 26 November 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 22 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 11 March 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 8 October 1918; reverted to Lance Corporal by order of CO, 25 October 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 2 November 1918.

Detached to 4th Division Train as AAMC Detail, 2 November 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 6 December 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 3 January 1919. Rejoined 12th Field Ambulance from detachment, 31 December 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 13 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Rio Negro', 29 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 22 July 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 15 November 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENSON Henry

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