Joseph George Benton Snr
|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|
5'5" (1.65m) tall ; 120lbs|
54.431 kg; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; dark hair ; multiple tattoos
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||William street, East Cannington|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Mary Ann Benton|
|Date of Enlistment||10 May 1915|
|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|
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
Electoral Roll entries: 1916 with Mary Ann at East Cannington, brass finisher
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.
Electoral Roll entries: 1921-1931 15 Mackie street, Victoria Park no occupation; 1936 - 1949 working (?) as a brassfounder.