STRATTON, Benjamin

Service Number: 4527
Enlisted: 19 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Norwood, South Australia, 16 April 1895
Home Town: Norwood, South Australia
Schooling: Wellington Road Public School
Occupation: Painter and Decorator
Died: Died of wounds, France, 25 April 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Grevillers British Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Norwood M The Fallen of WW1 & II Kensington & Norwood District*
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World War 1 Service

19 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4527, 27th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
25 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4527, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4527, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Adelaide
25 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4527, 27th Infantry Battalion

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Signaller B. Stratton

Benjamin Stratton was born on the 16th of April, 1895 to William Henry and Emma Stratton, near Kensington. He was a brother to Leslie Stratton who also went to war and Hilda Rose Stratton.

Before enlisting Benjamin lived on Charles Street, Kensington, South Australia with his siblings and worked as a painter and decorator for his older brother. He went to school at North Norwood Public School and his religion was the Church of England. Prior to the war, he served in the cadets for three years.

He enlisted in the AIF on the 19th January 1916, with service number was 4527. He served with the 27th Battalion, which his brother Leslie also served with. He was 5' 6½" tall, with grey eyes, light brown hair and a medium complexion.

Private Stratton embarked from Australia on HMAT A9 Shropshire, 25 March 1916, which was part of the fleet of transport ships that were leased by the Commonwealth governments. 

On the 25th of May 1916, Benjamin Stratton embarked from Alexandria, Egypt for Marseille, France, disembarking on the 5th of June. He he was taken on strength of the 27th Battalion in August 1916. His casualty and service form shows that he was wounded in action on the 25th of April 1917 and was admitted to the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station where he died of a head wound. He was buried at Grevillers British Cemetery in Pas de Calais, France. The location of his grave is at plot 2, row A, grave number 4.

His father was issued with his British War Medal and the Victory Medal in addition to the Commemorative Plaque and scroll.