Benjamin Greenup (Ben) BRODIE MM


BRODIE, Benjamin Greenup

Service Number: 717
Enlisted: 4 August 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 34th Infantry Battalion
Born: Parramatta, New South Wales, 1885
Home Town: Kensington, Randwick, New South Wales
Schooling: Public School
Occupation: Commercial traveller
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 5 March 1918
Cemetery: Berks Cemetery Extension
Plot II, Row A, Grave no. 33
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

4 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 717, Liverpool, New South Wales
2 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 717, 34th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 717, 34th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Sydney
12 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant
11 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant
4 Jun 1917: Honoured Military Medal, "For services rendered from September 22nd 1917 to 24th/25th February 1918" 5 Officers received the award at the same time Major Walter A. Leroy FRY Major Harry Lambert E.D. WHEELER Captain Benjamin Greenup BRODIE Lieutenant Augustus Gibson FARLEIGH Second Lieutenant Vincent Charles Callen
7 Jun 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 34th Infantry Battalion, Messines
11 Jan 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 34th Infantry Battalion
5 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 34th Infantry Battalion


Details of this Officer are published in the book "Just Soldiers" written by WO1 Darryl Kelly published 2004 - refer to chapter 6 pages 35 to 40

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Benjamin Greenup BRODIE was born in 1885 in Parramatta

His parents were William Alfred BRODIE and Georgina Sophia Louisa WINCHCONBE who married in 1877 in Sydney

Benjamin married Mary RUSSELL in 1911 in Sydney and had two children, Nancy & Geoffrey.

He enlisted in Liverpool, Sydney on 4th August, 1915 as a Sergeant with the 34th Battalion, C Company which embarked from Sydney on 2nd May, 1916 on the HMAT Hororata

He was wounded at Messines in 1917 and gassed at Passchendaele in October 1917

Benjamin was Killed in Action on 5th March, 1918 at Warneton, France - he was buried in Chateau Rosenberg Military Cemetery and later exhumed and reburied in Berks Cemetery Extension in Belgium

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial, Baulkham Hills WW1 Memorial and the William Thompson Masonic School.

He received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal and also received an Award for services rendered from 22nd September, 1917 to 24/25th February, 1918 along with several other officers


Trove article - Sydney Stock & Station Jounral 29th March, 1918 page 20


A private cable message has been received intimating that Captain Benjamin Greenup Brodie was killed in France on March 5.  In previous engagements he was wounded at Messines and again at Passchendaele and was gassed on both occasions.  He left for the front in May, 1916 as a Sergeant and was previously for over 12 months performing camp duties.  He gained all his promotions on the battlefield.  Captain Brodie was the 2nd son of Mr. W.A. Brodie of Brodie & Co. Sydney and a nephew of the late Mr. F.E. Winchcombe M.L.C. and the Rev. J. Howell-Price.  He has left a widow and two children


Sydney Morning Herald 5th March, 1919


On Active Service

BRODIE - In loving memory of my dear husband and my dear dad, Captain B.G. Brodie, killed in action in France March 5, 1918 whilst commanding officer of big raid, Warneton

Inserted by his sorrowing wife & little ones, Nancy and Geoffrey