Benjamin Waldemar TRINNE

TRINNE, Benjamin Waldemar

Service Number: 1511
Enlisted: 25 November 1914, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Jeparit, Victoria, 31 May 1897
Home Town: Kapunda, Light, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway Porter
Died: Killed in Action, France, 22 July 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kapunda District Honour Board, Kapunda Dutton Park Memorial Gardens WW1 Plaque, Kapunda and District Fallen Soldiers Monument, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

25 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1511, Oaklands, South Australia
19 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1511, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Runic embarkation_ship_number: A54 public_note: ''
19 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1511, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
7 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1511, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
22 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1511, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...1511 Private Benjamin Waldemar (Bernard) Trinne, 10th Battalion of Kapunda, SA. A railway porter at the time of enlistment, Pte Trinne embarked with the 3rd Reinforcements on 19 February 1915 aboard HMAT Runic (A54). He was killed in action on 22 July 1916. He has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Villers Bretonneux Memorial, France."SOURCE (


Private Trinne was one of the youngest soldiers who ever went from South Australia. He was 17 years of age when he left the railway service to enlist, and he spent the 18th anniversary of his birth on Gallipoli. He went through that most trying campaign, and landed in France in time to celebrate the attainment of his 19th year in that fair country on May 31 last. He gave promise of being a smart telegraphist and good railway officer. A brother (Private A. E. Trinne) is now at the front."from the Kapunda Herald 25 Aug 1916 (