Frank Hilton BENPORATH

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BENPORATH, Frank Hilton

Service Number: 1777
Enlisted: 27 August 1914, 8th Battery Blackboy Hill, WA
Last Rank: Regimental Sergeant Major
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kent, England, 17 February 1885
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Electrician
Died: Abdominal wounds, France, 16 August 1916, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot VII, Row C, Grave 40, Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Warloy-Baillon, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, East Victoria Park Memorial Wall, Victoria Park St Joachim's Catholic Church Honour Board, Victoria Park War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

27 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 1777, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , 8th Battery Blackboy Hill, WA
3 Oct 1914: Involvement Bombardier, SN 1777, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , Battle for Pozières
3 Oct 1914: Embarked Bombardier, SN 1777, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Medic, Fremantle
14 Aug 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, 16th Infantry Battalion
24 Dec 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant
3 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, 48th Infantry Battalion
19 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Regimental Sergeant Major, 48th Infantry Battalion
7 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1
16 Aug 1916: Involvement SN 1777, 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Frank Hilton BENPORATH was born in Kent, England on 17th February, 1885

His parents were George Hilton BENPORATH & Frances Grace LANCASTER who married in the Isle of Wight in 1867

He married Stella Rose GORMAN in Perth, WA in 1905 and had 5 known children, Ernie, Ena, Stanley, Jean & Eileen

He enlisted in Blackboy Hill, WA on 27th August, 1914 and embarked with the 3rd Artillery Brigade on 2nd November, 1914 on the ship Medic from Fremantle WA

Frank was wounded  in the abdomen on 7th August, 1916 & died of his wounds on 16th August, 1916 - he is buried in the Warloy Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Plot VII, Row C, Grave 40 & his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

His brother Clement Wilder BENPORATH (SN 1578) also served in WW1 and returned to Australia in 1917

Medals:  1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Town of Victoria Park Library

Today’s Time-warp Tuesday we meet the man behind the name of Benporath Street, Burswood. WO Frank Hilton Benporath was an electrician by trade, and growing up had been involved in various military units prior to the outbreak of World War I. 

Frank enjoyed cycling and often competed in amateur races. He lived with his wife Stella in Egham Street, Victoria Park (now Burswood).

Enlisting just weeks after war was declared, Frank embarked in November 1914 for the Gallipoli peninsula. Wounded three times during his service, on 16 August 1916, he died of wounds received in action. He was 31 years old.

In 1918 the Perth City Council renamed a number of streets in honour of fallen war heroes. They renamed Duke Street to Benporath Street in honour of Frank Hilton Benporath. For more of Frank’s story check out his entry in the Victoria Park Dictionary of Biography (https://www.victoriapark.wa.gov.au/.../Victoria-Park...)

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