Renard Charles BENSON

BENSON, Renard Charles

Service Number: 4357
Enlisted: 10 September 1915, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 56th Infantry Battalion
Born: Christchurch, New Zealand, 1886
Home Town: Karuah, Port Stephens Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Marist Brothers, NZ
Occupation: Fisherman (later Fisheries inspector)
Died: Natural causes, Five Dock, New South Wales, 5 November 1947
Cemetery: Woronora General Cemetery and Crematorium, N.S.W.
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World War 1 Service

10 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4357, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Sydney, New South Wales
20 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4357, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4357, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
26 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 54th Infantry Battalion
6 Jan 1919: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant
1 Dec 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN 4357, 56th Infantry Battalion

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Enlisted in AIF on 10 Sept 1915. Trained at Liverpool, NSW. Embarked on 20 Dec 1915 for Tel-El-Kebir, Egypt. Alloted to the 54th Battalion on 16 Feb 1916. On 19 July 1916 took part in the battle of Fromelles where he received a gun shot wound to the face and remained in no mans land until the next day. On the 21st he was admitted to 8th stationary hospital in Wimereux, France. Promoted to Corporal on 2 Aug 1916. Upon discharge from hospital Ren rejoined the 54th in Etaples on 15 Sept 1916. During Feb & March 1917 took part in the Hindenburg line defensive, during which he was made a Sergeant. On 15 May 1917 was transferred to Div Rest station due to exhaustion. Rejoined unit on 1 June 1917. On 24 July 1917 marched into 14th training battalion Hurdcott from France. Rejoined 54th battalion in France on 22 Nov 1917. On leave in England from 3 Feb 1918 to 21 Feb 1918. Admitted to 1st Aux hospital, Harefield and is discharged on 22 Oct 1918. On Christmas Day in 1918 Ren marries English girl Annie Watcham in Leicester. At the end of January 1919 Ren returns to France and is detatched to a salvage party in Jeumont. On 8 Aug 1919 he embarks for Australia aboard  H T Katoomba. Ren disembarks in Sydney on 25 Sept 1919 and returns home to Karuah.