Christie Archibald BENHAM

BENHAM, Christie Archibald

Service Number: 3109
Enlisted: 21 November 1916, Sydney RAS Showground Camp
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 7th Light Horse Regiment
Born: South Sea, Portsea Island, Hampshire, England, 22 October 1893
Home Town: Trangie, Narromine, New South Wales
Schooling: St Pauls Training College Cheltenham & Winchcombe Boys School, UK
Occupation: Station Hand
Died: Killed in Action, Palestine, 14 November 1917, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Initially buried In a Valley 1/2 mile East of KEYAYEM & JULIS, Palestine Turkey Grave marked with incorption of Wood, Jerusalem Memorial, Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Jerusalem Memorial
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World War 1 Service

21 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Trooper, 3109, 7th Light Horse Regiment, Sydney RAS Showground Camp
10 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3109, 7th Light Horse Regiment, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '2' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Boorara embarkation_ship_number: A42 public_note: ''
10 May 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3109, 7th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Boorara, Melbourne
14 Nov 1917: Involvement Trooper, 3109, 7th Light Horse Regiment, Egypt and Palestine - Light Horse and AFC Operations, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 3109 awm_unit: 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment awm_rank: Trooper awm_died_date: 1917-11-14

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Christie Archibald BENHAM was born on 22nd October, 1893 at South Sea, Portsea Island, Hampshire, England

His parents were George BENHAM and Jemima WIDGERY who married in England in 1889

He enlisted in Sydney RAS showground camp and embarked on 10th May, 1917 for Suez with the 7th Light Horse Regiment on the ship HMAT Boorara from Melbourne

Christie was Killed in Action in Palestine on 14th November, 1917 & buried in a valley a half mile east of Keyayeh & Julis in Palestine - his grave was marked with a wooden cross - its location is no longer known

His name is memorialised on the Jerusalem Memorial & the Australian War Memorial

Medals:  British War Medal & Victory Medal