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Benjamin ANGWIN

Place of birthEgremont, Cumberland, England
Address5 Ruby Street, North Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinWife, Mrs Maude Evelyn Angwin, 183 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceSenior Cadets (2 years); 11th Australian Infantry Regiment (4 years)
Enlistment date27 September 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name28th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 12 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (Altered to Military Cross)

'Displayed great coolness and powers of leadership under fire.'
Recommendation date: 16 August 1916

FateReturned to Australia 13 February 1917
Date of death5 December 1919
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialFremantle Cemetery (Portion Methodist, Plot ?,Grave No. 65), Western Australia
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Eliza ANGWIN; husband of Maud ANGWIN. Native of Egremont, Whitehaven, West Cumberland, England

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. When the other officers of his company had become casualties prior to the attack he reorganized the platoon commands and started off the attacking waves in good order. Later he displayed great coolness under heavy machine gun fire going up and down the line cheering his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Discharge date14 June 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, no date stated: disembarked Marseilles, France, 3 April 1916.

Taken on strength of 28th Bn, France, 23 April 1916.

Absorbed into strength of 28th Bn, 6 July 1916.

Wounded in action, 5 August 1916; admitted to No 2 Field Ambulance, 5 August 1916 (shell shock from being buried; gassed); transferred to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station, 5 August 1916; to No 16 Ambulance Train, 6 August 1916; to No 1 Red Cross Hospital, Le Troquet, 6 August 1916; to England, 14 August 1916; to No 4 London General Hospital, Denmark Hill, 14 August 1916 (neurasthenia); promoted Lieutenant, 21 August 1916; awarded Military Cross, 2 September 1916; to Cobham Hall, 6 November 1916; discharged, 26 January 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 27 January 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Plymouth on board HT 'Ulysses', 13 February 1917; disembarked Fremantle, 12 April 1917; appointment terminated Perth (discharged medically unfit), 14 June 1917.

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Death attributed to war service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, ANGWIN Benjamin

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