Benjamin Jones

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Benjamin Jones
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1889
Place of Birth Clunes, Victoria
Death 27 Sep 1945, aged 56
Place of Death Maddington, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 26 years, 2 months
Description 5'8¾" (1.75m) tall ; 143lbs
64.864 kg
; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Dairyman
Religion Methodist
Address Gosnells, Western Australia
Next of Kin Brother , Mr Paul Jones
Military Information
Reg Number 26161
Date of Enlistment 8 Nov 1915
Rank Driver
Unit/Formation 10th Field Artillery Brigade, 4th Reinforcements transferred to 4th Division Ammunition COlumn
Date of Embarkation 1 Aug 1916 ‒ 14 Sep 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A67 Orsova
Date of Return 1 Feb 1918 ‒ 18 Mar 1918
Ship Returned On SS Balmoral Castle
Fate WIA 30 Sep 1917 Ypres
Returned to Australia
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Ben entered camp on 8 Nov 1915 and 2 days later was told that he was being allocated to the Artillery Corps, and that this involved going to Melbourne for specialist training. On 15 Dec 1915 he was appointed Gunner, and on 12 Feb 1916 allocated to the 10th Field Artillery Brigade then being raise din Australia as part of the 4th Division. Following their training they embarked for England, arriving there on 14 Sep 1916 and moving to Swanage where they continued training until they were sent to France from Folkestone aboard HMT Golden Eagle on 25 Feb 1917.

In Étaples on 9 Mar 1917 he was transferred to the 4th Division Ammunition Column. On 30 Sep 1917 Ben was wounded. Seen by the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station the next day, he was sent on to the 26th General Hospital with a shrapnel wound to his left side on 6 Oct 1917. On 30 Oct 1917 it was decided to move him to England aboard HS Pieter de Coninck. On arrival in England he was admitted to the 2nd Eastern General Hospital in Brighton who cared for him until 8 Dec 1917 when he was released to the 3rd Command Depot at Hurdcott. While there he was reclassified and reverted to Gunner from Driver.

On 3 Jan 1918 he was transferred to the 2nd Command Depot at Weymouth to prepare for his return to Australia. Discharged by the 5th Military District on 9 Apr 1918.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1925 Maddington, linesman; 1936 - 1937 at PO Maddington, barman


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