Service Number: Q208608
Enlisted: 9 June 1942
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 30 June 1902
Home Town: Maryborough, Fraser Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Sawyer
Died: Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, 10 June 1984, aged 81 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Maryborough Crematorium, Queensland , Australia
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World War 2 Service

9 Jun 1942: Involvement Private, Q208608
9 Jun 1942: Enlisted
9 Jun 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Private, Q208608
21 Oct 1945: Discharged
21 Oct 1945: Discharged Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Private, Q208608

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Private James Benzie (Service No:Q208608) served in the ACMF with 11th Battalion VDC (Q) from 9 July 1942 to 21 October 1945.

Born in Brisbane QLD in 1902, James was the eldest of eleven children of James Benzie Snr (b1869 in Aberdeen, Scotland) and Louisa Fanny Shove (b1881 in Surrey, England. James (a Lorryman) and Louisa married in Brisbane in 1902 - James had immigrated in 1889, arriving in Brisbane on board the Jumna and Louisa had immigrated in 1900, also arriving in Brisbane on board the Jumna. Frank  and Louisa settled in Brisbane where they raised their family and James worked as a Lorryman, Carter, Vanman and Groom - and served in WWI (Private; Service No:2016)

James worked in Brisbane as a Sawyer and in 1924 married Clara Caroline Hopkins (b1900 in Essex, England) - Clara immigrated with her father and siblings in 1915, arriving in Brisbane on board the Roscommon. James and Clara lived in Brisbane before moving to Maryborough in the 1930s - James worked as a Band Sawyer. James died in 1984 and Clara in 1999.