Joseph George Benton Jnr

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Joseph George Benton Jnr
Personal Information
Date of Birth 1899
Place of Birth Birmingham, England
Death 16 Jul 1988, aged 89
Place of Death Embleton, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 18 years, 6 months
Description 5'5¾" (1.67m) tall ; 115lbs
52.163 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Carter
Religion Church of England
Address William street, East Cannington
Next of Kin Father , Mr Joseph George Benton Snr
Military Information
Reg Number 7945
Date of Enlistment 20 Mar 1917
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 27th Reinforcement, transferred to 51st Battalion
Date of Embarkation 30 Oct 1917 ‒ 27 Dec 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A60 Aeneas
Date of Return 23 Jul 1918 ‒ 24 Sep 1918
Ship Returned On HMAT A18 Wiltshire The Wiltshire was known as Hospital Transport D15
Fate WIA 24 Apr 1918 Villers-Bretonneux
Returned to Australia
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

War Service

Entered camp on 26 Mar 1917 and 3 days later was allocated to the 10th reinforcement draft for the 51st Battalion. However, from 23 Apr 1917 until 28 Sep 1917 he served in Australia as a member of the 5th District Guard. On 28 Sep 1917 he was transferred to the 27th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion and travelled with them to England from Melbourne, arriving at Devonport on 24 Dec 1917, and disembarking on the 27th.

On arrival in England he was sent to the 2nd Training Battalion at Sutton Veny. On 1 Apr 1918 he proceeded overseas to France, but as a reinforcement for the 51st Battalion who he joined on 6 Apr 1918 after a few days in the 4th Divisions Base Depot at Calais.

Joseph was wounded in action on 24 Apr 1918 near Villers-Bretonneux, receiving severe guns shot wounds to his right leg and left thigh. Seen initially by the 25th Field Ambulance on 25 Apr 1918 he was treated for a bullet wound to his testicles and both legs. Seen next by the 12th Casualty Clearing Station on 26 Apr 1918, he was sent on to the 5th General Hospital in Rouen where he was admitted on 29 Apr 1918 before being evacuated to England the next day. In England he was admitted to the Alexandria Hospital in Cosham. On 21 Jun 1918 he was transferred to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital. Discharged from hospital on 30 Jun 1918 he was processed for return to Australia on medical grounds for a 'Change'.

Discharged by the 5th Military District on 17 Oct 1918.

Post War

In 1921 Joe married Ellis May Woods in Perth.

Electoral Roll entries: 1921-1925 Joe was at 34 Cargill street, Victoria Park, clerk; 1931-1936 at 69 Bulwer street, North Perth with Ellis May; in 1937 they were in Maya between Dalwallinu and Perenjori, clerk; 1949 - 1954 back at 69 Bulwer street North Perth, no occupation given; 1958-1980 at 27 Hope street, Waterman.


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