Benjamin Champion PREVOST

PREVOST, Benjamin Champion

Service Numbers: 28583, W66864
Enlisted: 28 April 1916, Keswick Barracks, Keswick West Torrens, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 1st (SA) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 4 April 1894
Home Town: Hyde Park, South Australia
Schooling: Not known
Occupation: Wool Buyer
Died: Illness, Mosman Park, Western Australia, 21 April 1969, aged 75 years
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery & Crematorium
Cremated - ashes taken
Memorials: Adelaide Rowing Club WW1 Pictorial Honour Board, Hackney St Peter's College Honour Board, Hawthorn St Columba's WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

28 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick Barracks, Keswick West Torrens, South Australia
25 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 28583, 23rd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 28583, 23rd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 28583, 15th Light Trench Mortar Battery, Third Ypres
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 28583, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , "The Last Hundred Days"

World War 2 Service

26 Mar 1942: Involvement Lieutenant, SN W66864, 1st (SA) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
26 Mar 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN W66864
26 Mar 1942: Enlisted Nedlands, WA
15 Oct 1945: Discharged

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Benjamin Champion PREVOST was born on 4th April, 1894 in Adelaide, South Australia

His parents were George Antoine Fabien PREVOST and Emily Elizabeth CHAMPION

He married Maria Caroline Verona RODRIGUEZ on 18th February, 1928 at the Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Cottesloe, Western Australia - Maria was previous married to a Frederick Charles GRAVE and was widowed in 1924 -

Benjamin died on 21st April, 1969 in Western Australia and was cremated at Karrakatta Cemetery

He served in both WW1 and WW2 and returned to Australia on 29th May, 1919 from WW1 and was discharged on 15th October, 1945 from WW2



28583 Gunner Benjamin Champion Prevost, originally assigned to the 23rd Howitzer Brigade, was a 22 year old wool buyer from Hyde Park, South Australia when he enlisted on 28 April 1916.

He embarked for overseas with the 7th Reinforcements from Melbourne on 25 October 1916 aboard HMAT Ulysses.

While serving with the 15th Light Trench Mortar Battery in France, he was wounded in action on 15 October 1917 but recovered to return to his unit less than two months later.

Gunner Prevost returned to Australia on 30 August 1919 and went on to serve in the Second World War in the Volunteer Defence Corps from 26 March 1942 until 15 October 1945.

Benjamin Prevost was one of the 131 men displayed on an honour board showing members of the Adelaide Rowing Club who enlisted for active service in the First World War.