Joseph George Benton Snr

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Joseph George Benton Snr
Personal Information
Date of Birth unknown 1875
Place of Birth Birmingham, England
Death 7 Aug 1951, aged 75
Place of Death York, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 35 years old
Description 5'5" (1.65m) tall ; 120lbs
54.431 kg
; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; dark hair ; multiple tattoos
Occupation Brass Finisher
Religion Church of England
Address William street, East Cannington
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Mary Ann Benton
Military Information
Reg Number 998
Date of Enlistment 10 May 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation D Coy 28th Battalion / 7th Brigade, 2nd Division
Date of Embarkation 9 Jun 1915 ‒ 2 Jul 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A11 Ascanius
Date of Return 31 Oct 1915 ‒ 26 Nov 1915
Ship Returned On HMAT A60 Aeneas
Fate Returned to Australia (Medical)
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries: 1916 with Mary Ann at East Cannington, brass finisher

War Service

On enlistment he allocated 4/5ths of his pay to support his wife and five children. An original member of the 28th Battalion he completed training with them in Australia and travelled to Egypt, landing at Suez before travelling to Cairo by rail. On their arrival the battalion was placed in quarantine for 14 days. On 17 Aug 1915 the 28th Battalion was on Garrison duty at the Citadel in Cairo.

It appears from correspondence on his file between the Officer Commanding D Company and the Battalion Commanding Officer that Joseph had sustained a bullet wound to his hand on that day and had been admitted to the Polygon Hospital. The Officer Commanding the 7th Australian Field Ambulance confirmed a bullet wound injury to the hand. There is nothing in his military file to indicate if the injury was self inflicted and with him being awarded his medals it is likely that it was deemed accidental.

Due to ankyloses to his left wrist (abnormal stiffening and immobility of a joint due to fusion of the bones) he was returned early to Australia on HMAT A60 Aeneas.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1921-1931 15 Mackie street, Victoria Park no occupation; 1936 - 1949 working (?) as a brassfounder.


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