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Dennis Benjamin BOTTING

Regimental number3250
Place of birthLondon, England
True NameHOPKINS, Benjamin Dennis
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMaribyrnong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 7"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, G Botting, 259 Beckenham Road, Kent, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 20), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 8th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916, and reverted to Private on joining Bn.

Transferred to 60th Bn, and taken on strength, 24 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 0461002, 3254 Pte D.G. BRADSHAW, 58th Bn (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 19 February 1917: 'Refer to Pte D.H.D. Burnie 2365 at Perham Downs or Wareham who informed me that he went out with a party to recover some of their wunded and brought in Botting's disc.' {Note: BURNIE cannot be identified on any list.]

Note on file: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOTTING Dennis Benjamin
Red Cross File No 0461002

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