Leslie Edward BENNING


BENNING, Leslie Edward

Service Number: 3687
Enlisted: 12 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion
Born: Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia, 20 August 1894
Home Town: East Maitland, Maitland Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: East Maitland Superior Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 24 July 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot V, Row E, Grave No. 18. AT REST
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gunnedah Public School WW1 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

12 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3687, 1st Infantry Battalion
11 Dec 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3687, 1st Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
11 Dec 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3687, 1st Infantry Battalion, RMS Mooltan, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Leslie Benning arrived in Egypt after Gallipoli had been evacuated. During the taking of Pozieres, he was severely wounded in the abdomen and leg by shrapnel. He was evacuated to the South Midlands Field Ambulance near Warloy-Baillon on 23 July 1916, but died of his injuries the next day.

His younger brother, 4647 Pte. Harold Vincent Benning also served in the 1st Battalion AIF and died of wounds in France on the 14 November 1916, aged 19.

They were the sons of George Henry and Elizabeth Mary Benning, of Merewether, Newcastle, New South Wales. Both boys had been born in Gunnedah, NSW.

Leslie's father, Mr G.H. Benning, of East Maitland, received a letter from Sergeant J. Price which was printed in the Maitland papers during 1916. Price refers to the death of the late Private Leslie Benning, who, he states, was wounded on July 23 and died from his injuries in the South Midland Field Ambulance the following day. “Knowing Leslie, a little, being sergeant of his platoon”, he writes, I must say he has been greatly missed by all. was a good lad and a good friend. It was on the night of the great charge, that he was hit. You have no doubt read a great deal about the taking of the important German position by the Australians. It was a cruel, yet glorious fight all through, costing Australia, very dearly. But there is always the strong consolation that every man who died did so bravely, proving to the whole world that Australia's sons, are the finest in the world.” He added that Mr. Benning’s other son, Harry, was quite well and that he was also a good lad.