Benjamin Bennett LEANE MID

LEANE, Benjamin Bennett

Service Number: 3
Enlisted: 19 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Prospect, South Australia, 3 June 1889
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Prospect Public School
Occupation: Clerk/warehouseman
Died: Killed In Action, Bullecourt, France, 10 April 1917, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy, France
Plot 1 Row C Site 1
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Glenelg and District WW1 & WW2 Honour Board, Keswick Prospect Highbury Street Methodist Sunday School Roll of Honour, Keswick Prospect Methodist Sunday School Honour Board WW1, Prospect Methodist Sunday School Honour Roll, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 3, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, 3, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Wounded ANZAC / Gallipoli, GSW (forearm)
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 3, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
28 Apr 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion
21 Aug 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion
14 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 48th Infantry Battalion
22 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 48th Infantry Battalion
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
10 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, 48th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (First), --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 48 Battalion awm_rank: Major awm_died_date: 1917-04-10

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Honours and Awards: Twice Mentioned in Despatches, and Awarded the Serbian Order of the White Eagle, Third Class (


"Benjamin Bennett Leane was born at Prospect in South Australia on 3 June 1889. His family would become famous for their wartime service. After attending school in Prospect Benjamin trained in engineering and was working as a clerk and warehouseman when he enlisted for service in the First World War. At 25 Benjamin enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 19 August 1914, having already spent four years with the 10th Infantry Regiment of the part-time Citizens' Forces. Out of the six Leane brothers, he was one of the five that enlisted for service. Leane departed Adelaide with the 10th Infantry Battalion aboard HMAT Ascanius on 20 October 1914.

In the early hours of 25 April 1915 Leane landed on Gallipoli. That day he was wounded by a gunshot wound to his left forearm and was soon after evacuated to England for convalescence. After returning to the peninsula in August, Leane was Mentioned in Despatches, promoted to lieutenant, and temporarily made adjutant of the unit. During this time Leane adopted the approach of writing detailed diary entries as though he were talking to his wife, Phylllis, something that he was not able to do in his letters home..." - READ MORE LINK (