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Norman BENZLEY

Regimental number3791
Place of birthSunbury, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationDraper
Addressc/o F H Harse, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 11.75"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Benzley, Sunbury, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKalgoorlie, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollWarrant Officer (Class II)
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)


Recommendation date: 20 December 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Medals

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1653 Harold Roy BENZLEY, died of wounds, 6 August 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Proceeded to join 52nd Bn, Tel-el-Kebir, 3 March 1916; to be Corporal, Tel-el-Kebir, 13 March 1916; to be Sergeant, Serapuem, 13 March 1916; transferred to 13th Training Bn, Serapuem, 12 May 1916; to be Temporary Company Sergeant Major, 17 May 1916; embarked Alexandria, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 June 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 November 1916; marched into 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 30 November 1916; reverted to Sergeant, 30 November 1916; proceeded to join unit, 13 December 1916; taken on strength, 14 December 1916.

Admitted to 50th Casualty Clearing Station, 5 June 1917 (scabies); discharged to duty, 12 June 1917; rejoined unit, 13 June 1917.

On leave to England, 19 September 1917; promoted to Company Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer Class II), 22 September 1917; rejoined unit, 1 October 1917.

Awarded Croix de Guerre (Belgium), 20 December 1917.

On leave to Paris, 23 February 1918; rejoined unit, 3 March 1918.

Wounded in action, 5 April 1918; admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 5 April 1918 (shrapnel wound, right shoulder); transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, 5 April 1918; to 20th General Hospital, Camiers, 6 April 1918; to England, 27 April 1918; admitted to 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell, 27 April 1918; to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 15 August 1918; discharged on furlough, 28 August 1918, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 11 September 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot, 12 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from Englad on board HT 'Nestor', 12 December 1918; disembarked Perth, 18 January 1919; discharged, 10 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENZLEY Norman

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