Roland Gordon BENSLEY

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BENSLEY, Roland Gordon

Service Number: 1676
Enlisted: 4 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Southgate, England, United Kingdom, 23 April 1897
Home Town: Port Pirie, Port Pirie City and Dists, South Australia
Schooling: Solomontown Public School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Died of wounds, Boulogne, France, 16 September 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Pirie Oval WW1 Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

4 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1676, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1676, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda A30, Adelaide
16 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1676, 48th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography

"THE LATE CORPORAL G. BENSLEY.

Mrs. Bensley Neale, of Port Pirie, has received news that her brother, Corporal Gordon Bensley, died of wounds on September 16. He enlisted from Port Pirie, and entered camp on September 4, 1915. He became a corporal, and sailed to Egypt. Later on he proceeded to France, where he was killed. He was a prominent worker at St. Paul's Church, and carried the cross for the enthronement of the Bishop of Willochra. Prior to enlisting he was employed at the Globe Timber Mills. He was a brother-in-law of Lieutenant H. R Neale, and was only 19 at the time of his death." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 28 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Roland Gordon BENSLEY was born on 23rd April, 1897 in Southgate, England

His parents were Roland BENSLEY who was a Farmer and Annie Frances RUNNALLS who married in September quarter 1885 in Holborn, UK

Ronald arrived in Adelaide as an infant with his parents & siblings on 31st March, 1899 on the ship Orizaba

His siblings were Lillian, Violet, Hilda, Leonard, Gladys, Kathleen & Stella