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Regimental number744
Place of birthLiverpool, England
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
SchoolPublic School, Walton, Liverpool, England
Age on arrival in Australia21
AddressGlen Osmond, Frewville, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 11.5"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Annie Benson, c/o Mrs Carson, 4 Torrens Street, Glenelg, South Australia
Enlistment date20 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 February 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 11 August 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Date of death11 August 1916
Age at death24.9
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialBoulogne Eastern Cemetery (Plot VIII, Row B, Grave No. 130), France
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Peter and Marcella BENSON. Husband of Annie BENSON, Queen Street, Frewville, South Australia. Native of Liverpool, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide on HMAT 'Geelong', 31 May 1915. Embarked Alexandria on HT 'Ivernia' and proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 4 September 1915.

Found guilty, Mudros, 27 December 1917, of disobedience: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Proceeded from Mudros and disembarked Alexandria, 10 January 1916. Found guilty, Tel-el-Kebir, 18 January 1916, of being absent without leave, 9.30 pm, 15 January, to 9.15 pm, 17 January 1917: awarded 72 hours' detention; forfeited total of 3 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria, 15 March 1916, and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force. Found guilty, at sea, 18 March 1916, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2. Disembarked Marseilles, 21 March 1916.

Found guilty, France, 15 June 1916, of absenting himself from fatigue after being duly warned: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Wounded in action, 4 August 1916 (shrapnel wounds, right arm and chest), and admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 44th Casualty Clearing Station, 5 August 1916; transferred and admitted to 13th General Hospital, Boulogne, 7 August 1916. Died of injuries, Boulogne, 11 August 1916 (gun shot wounds, chest).

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

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