Service Numbers: 35, 35A
Enlisted: 23 December 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Pioneer Battalion
Born: Stafford, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, February 1881
Home Town: Abermain, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Drowning, Whitebridge, New South Wales, Australia, 5 August 1952
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
ANGLICAN 3-187. 37.
Memorials: Abermain War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 35, 35th Infantry Battalion
1 May 1916: Embarked Private, 35, 35th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney
1 May 1916: Involvement Private, 35, 35th Infantry Battalion
24 Nov 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 3rd Pioneer Battalion
7 Jun 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 35A, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Battle of Messines, Gassed - phosgene
29 Sep 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 35A, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal, GSW/SW right forearm
15 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 35A, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, 2nd MD

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery

The tragic end for a Returned Digger who served during The Great War, resting at Sandgate cemetery, his Honour and Dignity restored.

69 years ago today, on the 8th August 1952, Private Isaac Benton, 3rd Australian Pioneer Battalion (Reg No-35A), miner from Abermain, New South Wales and Burwood Road, Whitebridge, N.S.W., was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery, age 71. ANGLICAN 3-187. 37.

Born at Stafford, Staffordshire, United Kingdom (Jan to March 1881) to Richard and Emma Benton nee Hincks, Isaac enlisted December 1915 with the 35th Battalion at West Maitland, N.S.W.

Wounded in action - 7.6.1917 (gas phosgene, Battle of Messines), 29.9.1918 (GSW right forearm).

Admitted to hospital 18.2.1918 (jaundice).

Isaac returned home July 1919, being discharged on the 15th August 1919.

Mr. Benton’s name has been inscribed on the Abermain War Memorial.

The tragic circumstances of Isaac’s death were reported.

I was contacted by Isaac's Great Niece Jennifer Ryba that Mr. Benton was resting in an unmarked grave, so February 2015 I was joined by Mr. and Mrs. Ryba in placing a cross to honour Isaac’s service and sacrifice during The Great War.

Jennifer submitted an application to DVA March 2015 requesting a Commonwealth War Graves Plaque, curbing and marble chip, and this was accepted May 2015.

Official commemoration completed December 2015. Honour and Dignity restored.

Lest We Forget.