Maxwell Alfred William BENOIT MM

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BENOIT, Maxwell Alfred William

Service Number: VX32772
Enlisted: 5 June 1940, Royal Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Signalman
Last Unit: 8th Division Signals
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 26 September 1919
Home Town: Bayswater, Knox, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Electrical testman
Died: death presumed (POW of Japan), Thailand, 24 May 1943, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Singapore Memorial - Column 117, also Roll of Honour Bayswater, Victoria
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Singapore Memorial Kranji War Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

5 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX32772, Royal Park, Victoria
6 Jun 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Signalman, SN VX32772, 8th Division Signals
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
24 May 1943: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Signalman, SN VX32772, 8th Division Signals, Prisoners of War

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Biography

Son of Edward John BENOIT & Eliza Adelaide Jane WILLIAMS of Bayswater, Victoria, Australia.

8 Division Signals

Rank - Signalman

Military Medal awarded for Gallant Conspicuous Service. Gazetted on 5 March 1942, Page 1053 position 3.

3 March 1942: Citation reads; Sigmn. Benoit was member of of Sigs. wireless detachement which was alloted to an Inf. Bde.  When the Bde was overwhelmed, two battalions of the AIF went forward to re-establish the situation. For a period of 5 days whis detachement was continually exposed to enemy fire and air attack and, although Benoit was three times wounded and suffering severely, he remained at his post and was instrumental in assisting the leader of his detachment in maintaining communication with Force HQ until the set was finally destroyed by enemy action 

 

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