Benjamin George WILSON

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WILSON, Benjamin George

Service Number: 2269
Enlisted: 8 March 1915, Bendigo, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 57th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 18 May 1890
Home Town: Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Camp Hill State School, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, Messines, Belgium, 5 March 1918, aged 27 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bendigo Central School Honor Roll, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

8 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2269, Bendigo, Victoria
17 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2269, 6th Infantry Battalion
17 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2269, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne
5 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2269, 6th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
7 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2269, 6th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli
15 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 57th Infantry Battalion, Egypt
17 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2269, 57th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix), GSW to left foot. Evacuated to UK. Rejoined unit 22 November 1917.
5 Mar 1918: Involvement Private, SN 2269, 57th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

According to several eye witness reports (Red Cross file) Pte 2269 Benjamin George Wilson was killed in action on 5 March 1918 when he and several others were directly hit by enemy shellfire when in a forward post at Messines, Belgium.

The location of the 57th Battalion at the time is also confirmed via unit diary.