Rhodes, Benjamin (Private, b.1862 - d.1950)

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales
Accession Number PR03369
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 2.5 cm; Oversize: 1
Object type Certificate
Maker Colonial Military Forces
Place made Australia: New South Wales
Date made 1893-1896
Access Open
Conflict Australian Colonial Forces, 1854-1900
Sudan, 1885

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Collection relating to the Colonial Military Forces service of Lieutenant Benjamin Rhodes, Colony of New South Wales, 1893-1896.

Oversize folder 1 of 1 - contains four commission papers for Lieutenant Rhodes.

Commission appointing Benjamin Rhodes as a Supernumerary Second Lieutenant in the New South Wales Regiment of Volunteer Artillery (on probation) from 10 April 1893, issued 11 April 1893.
Commission appointing Benjamin Rhodes as Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Garrison Division - New South Wales Artillery Regiment from 10 March 1894, issued 13 March 1894.
Commission appointing Benjamin Rhodes as First Lieutenant in the Second Garrison Division Artillery to date from 1 September 1895, issued 17 January 1896.
Commission appointing Benjamin Rhodes as First Lieutenant in the Reserve of Officers from 3 October 1896, issued 7 October 1896.

History / Summary

Born in Stawberry Hills, Sydney, NSW in 1862, Benjamin Rhodes was working as a bricklayer when he enlisted in the NSW Infantry on 21 February 1885. On 3 March of that year he embarked aboard SS Iberia for service in Sudan. He returned to Australia aboard SS Arab on 23 June 1885.

Rhodes was commissioned as an officer with the 2nd Garrison Division Artillery in the Colony of New South Wales in 1893.

Benjamin's son, Cecil served during the First World War with 4 Battalion, AIF and was awarded the MM (Military Medal) for his actions at Chuignes in August 1918.