Cyril Rupert BENSON

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BENSON, Cyril Rupert

Service Number: 4665
Enlisted: 17 November 1915, Casula, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Narrabri, New South Wales, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Lindfield, Ku-ring-gai, New South Wales
Schooling: Lindfield Public School, NSW
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Killed In Action, France, 14 November 1916, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Warlencourt British Cemetery
Plot 4; Row A; Grave:11. His name is located at panel 87 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT., Warlencourt British Cemetery, Warlencourt-Eaucourt, Arras, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Casula, NSW
13 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4665, 19th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4665, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
26 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4665, 19th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
14 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4665, 19th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt

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Biography

Son of Charles and Kate Benson, of Railway St, Chatswood, New South Wales
Native of Narrabri, New South Wales

On enlisting he had lived with his parents at 'Doreen', Bent Street, Lindfield, NSW.

Described on enlisting as 18 years 1 months old; single; 5' 8 1/4" tall; 123 lbs;
fair complexion; grey eyes; light brown hair; Church of England.

29/10/1915          completed medical at Victoria Barracks NSW - fit for service

11/6-16/11/1915  B Company, Casula, New South Wales

17/11/1915          Enlisted in Casula, New South Wales

*****20/11/1915  Mother wrote to AIF requesting that her son be DISCHARGED
                           from the AIF, being that he was UNDER 18 years of age ********

10/1/1916            re-enlisted at Sydney

13/4/1916            Embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Ceramic A40
                           as a Private with the 19th Infatnry, 12th reinforcements

29/5/1916            Embarked on board HMAT Magantic, ex Alexandria
7/6/1916              disembarked into Plymouth, England

After further training in Egypt, the 19th Battalion proceeded to France.
It took part in its first major offensive around Pozieres between late July and the
end of August 1916.

9/9/1916              proceeded overseas to France, ex England
11/9/1916            marched in to Etaples, France
24/9/1916            marched out to unit, Etaples, France

26/9/1916            taken on strength into 19th Battalion

After a spell in a quieter sector of the front in Belgium, the 2nd Division, which included
the 5th Brigade, came south again in October. The 19th Battalion attacked near Flers
between 14 and 16 November, in conditions that Charles Bean described as the worst
ever encountered by the AIF.

14/11/1916          noted as "missing in action", France

14/11/1916          died in action - 18 years old
buried in:             Warlencourt British Cemetery France
                           Plot 4; Row A; Grave:11
                      
Epitaph read:       "Just a memory fond and true
                              To show dear Cyril
                              I think of you
                              Mother"

Medals:
British War medal (36404); Victory medal (36126); Memorial Plaque and
Memorial Scroll (340205)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  24/3/2015.  Lest we forget.

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