John Erol BENSON

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BENSON, John Erol

Service Number: 1503
Enlisted: 3 December 1914, Enlisted at Hobart, Tas.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bellerive, Tasmania, 21 November 1897
Home Town: Bellerive, Clarence, Tasmania
Schooling: Hutchins School,Hobart, Tasmania
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds - gunshot wound to the knee, 21st General Hospital, Ras-el-Tin, Alexandria, Egypt, 3 September 1915, aged 17 years
Cemetery: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery
Row H, Grave 48 Commemorated in the Queenborough Cemetery, Hobart, Tas. Headstone inscription reads: Youngest beloved son of William & Lucy Benson Bellerive, Tasmania
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

3 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1503, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Hobart, Tas.
2 Feb 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1503, 12th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
2 Feb 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1503, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Clan McGillivray, Melbourne
20 May 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1503, 12th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, Gunshot wound to the toes
7 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1503, 12th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, Gunshot wound to the right knee and invalided to Alexandria on 15 August 1915

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of William and Lucy Charlotte Benson of Burnie, Tasmania formerly of Bellerive and Riverton, Tasmania

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

February 1922 - Base Records wrote to Lucy stating that if she wished to have the Memorial form altered to his corret name of Jack Erol Benson the she would need to prodcue a Statuory Declaration to the effect.