Ben Robert BAX

Badge Number: Z9210
Z9210

BAX, Ben Robert

Service Number: 106
Enlisted: 26 August 1914, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Neeta Station, Mannum, South Australia, 13 February 1890
Home Town: Mount Pleasant, Barossa, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Colt-breaker
Died: Fall from a balcony, Belmont, Western Australia, 23 October 1920, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Mount Pleasant St. John's Cemetery
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

26 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 106, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Adelaide, South Australia
22 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 106, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 106, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
22 Jan 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 106, 3rd Light Horse Regiment

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Biography

Returned to Australia 13 October 1918

Son of Charles Forbes and Elizabeth Jane Bolt

Brother of 524 Pte Alec Hartley Bax (/explore/people/99635), 1st Light Horse, died of wounds, Gallipoli, 30 May 1915, and 107 L/Cpl. Corporal Murray Charles Bax (/explore/people/234981), 3rd Light Horse, returned to Australia, 13 October 1918.

"A large gathering assembled at the Mount Pleasant Institute Hall on November 27 to welcome Trooper B. R. Bax, a returned Anzac. He is the only one of four Mount Pleasant Anzacs to return, his two brothers, Lance-Corporal M. C. Bax and Private A. H. Bax, and Driver F. H. Hicks having laid down their lives. Mr. F. Dowell occupied the chair. Speeches of welcome were delivered by Messrs. J. Tamblyn, W. Mengersen, Captain Richardson, and the Rev. F. W. Wilkinson. A small present was handed from the young people's committee to Trooper Bax. Supper and a dance followed." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 07 Dec 1918 (nla.gov.au)

"TRAGEDY AT BELMONT. FALL FROM A BALCONY. BENJAMIN BAX KILLED.

A peculiar tragedy is reported from Belmont, where a boarder at the Ascot Hotel, fell over a balcony and broke his neck. About 1.30 o'clock this morning, the Victoria Park police were notified of the affair, and Constable Topliss investigated. He was informed that Benjamin Robert Bax had been found near the front steps of the hotel, and was supposed to have fallen from the balcony overhead. Bax was unconscious when first discovered, and Dr. Stewart, of Guildford, was summoned. Before the doctor's arrival, Bax had died. It was ascertained that no one was in Bax's company when he retired for the night. He was seen to walk down a passage toward the balcony, carrying some rugs in his hand. When found, Bax was dressed in his clothes with the exception of his hat and coat, and these articles were found on the balcony, together with two rugs, cigarettes and matches. It would seem that he went to the balcony to sleep, and accidentally overbalanced and fell from the balcony. Bax was about 33 years of age, and was single. Staying with him at the hotel were two of his brothers, the three having come over to this State recently from South Australia. They were connected with the training of racehorses, and deceased was describeed to the police as a jockey. The only occasion Bax was known to have taken a fit was about a fortnight back, when he was at a local racecourse. Permission has been granted by the City Coroner for the body to be taken for burial to South Australia." - from the Perth Daily News 23 Oct 1920 (nla.gov.au)

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