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William Haywood BENSON

Regimental number1019
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
SchoolGeorge Street State School, Fitzroy, Victoria
ReligionProtestant
OccupationMechanic
Address35 Gordon Street, Alphington, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMrs E Benson, 35 Gordon Street, Alphington, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 6th Battery, Garrison Artillery; also in the Electrical Engineers, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Battery 5
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A9 Shropshire on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 12 June 1915

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29251 (5 August 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 133 (28 October 1915).

FateDied of wounds 25 November 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death21 November 1915
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialAri Burau Cemetry (Row J, Grave No. 2), Callipoli, Turkey
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
11
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Haywood and Ellen Dennis BENSON, 434 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Victoria. Native of Melbourne
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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