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James M (Jack) Benson

Name on Board JM Benson
Name on Service
James M (Jack)  Benson
Enlistment Age 20
Occupation Bricklayer
Place of Birth Williamstown, Vic
Next of Kin James Benson
Address Nelson Place, Williamstown, Vic
Marital Status S
Enlistment Date 2/09/1915
Service No. 2081
Enlistment Place Melbourne, Vic
Embarkation Place Sydney
Embarkation Date 6/09/1915
Embarkation Ship HMAT Ballarat A70
Unit on Embarkation 2nd Field Company Engineers
Date of Death 8/04/1917
Unit on Death 4th Field Company Engineers
Rank on Death Sapper
Cause of Death KIA
Place of Wounding/
Bullecourt, France. Initally buried 5 miles N/E of Bapaume
Cemetery or Memorial Vaulx Hill Cemetery, Vaulx, Picardie, France
Additional Information James Benson (known as Jack) embarked with the 2nd Field Company Engineers in September 1915. He fought at Gallipoli from November 1915 until the evacuation in December 1915. In Egypt he was transferred to the 4th Field Company Engineers in March 1916 and travelled with them to France in June 1916. Along with most of the 4th Brigade, the 4th Field Company Engineers suffered losses at Bullecourt in April 1917 when the brigade attacked strong German positions without the promised tank support. Jack Benson was killed in action at Bullecourt. He was buried 5 miles N/E of Bapaume. He now lays at rest at Vaulx Hill Cemetery, Vaulx, Picardie, France. He sent his friend Maud Bear (nee Hillier) a Christmas card in 1915, which she kept in her photograph album.
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