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Harold Roy BENZLEY

Regimental number1653
Place of birthSunbury, Victoria
SchoolState School, Sunbury, Victoria
AddressBarkley Street, Sunbury, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height6' 0"
Weight171 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ann Benzley, Barkley Street, Sunbury, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Albert Park Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date12 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWas on the transport "Southland" when it was torpedoed on 2 September 1915 carrying 2nd Australian Division troops to Gallipoli
FateDied of wounds 6 August 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, France
Age at death20.6
Place of burialPuchevillers British Cemetery (Plot I, Row E, Grave No. 69), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Adolph and Mary Ann BENZLEY. Native of Sunbury, Victoria, Australia. Commonwealth War Graves Commission give his Reg number as 16532
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3971 Norman BENZLEY, awarded Croix de Guerre, returned to Australia.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915; admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, Anzac, 31 October 1915 (influenza); transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Anzac, 3 November 1915 (enteric); evacuated and disembarked Alexandria, 9 November 1915; admitted to No 15 General Hospital, Alexandria, 9 November 1915; proceeded to England, 16 November 1915; admitted to County of London War Hospital, Epsom, England, 27 November 1915.

Proceeded overseas to France, 7 June 1916; marched into 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 8 June 1916.

Rejoined 21st Bn, France, 4 August 1916.

Wounded in action, France, 6 August 1916; admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 6 August 1916 (gun shot wound, perforating wound, brain); transferred to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station, 6 August 1916; died of wounds, 6 August 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENZLEY Harold Roy

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