Alfred Henry BENHAM


BENHAM, Alfred Henry

Service Number: 2249
Enlisted: 14 May 1915, Enlisted at Liverpool,NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 1894
Home Town: Botany, New South Wales
Schooling: Bay Street Superior Public School, Botany, New South Wales
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Died of wounds - head, 19th General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt, 15 August 1915
Cemetery: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery
Row K, Grave 5 Rev. A.J. Oliphant officiated Headstone inscription reads: Beloved son of J & B Benham of Botany, N.S.W. He was one of the best
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2249, 13th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Liverpool,NSW
14 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2249, 13th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
14 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2249, 13th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Sydney
9 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2249, 13th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, Gunshot wound to the head

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Jessie and Barbara Benham of Tenterden Street, Botany, NSW

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

Also served for 2 years in the 24th Battalion of the Citizen Military Forces with the rank of Lieutenant

He was the first soldier to pay the supreme sacrifice who had been born in  the Botany Municipality