Private John Erol Benson

Service number 1503
Birth Place Australia: Tasmania, Hobart, Bellerive
Death Date 1915-09-03
Death Place Egypt
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
  • 12th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 12th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private John Erol Benson (1503, 12th Battalion) was a farmer from Bellerive, Tasmania. He suffered gunshot wounds to his right knee at Gallipoli on 7 August 1915. John was transferred to No 21 General Hospital, Alexandria, but died of his wounds on 3 September 1915. John is buried in the Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt. His mother wrote that he was 17 years of age and that an officer of his regiment wrote John was “as plucky as could be, never funked his duty and died bravely”. John’s cousins, Captain Thomas Kennedy Westbrook and Private Victor Gordon Westbrook, both died on the Western Front in 1917.



Date of enlistment 07 December 1914
Date of embarkation 02 February 1915
Date of death 03 September 1915
Date of fate 03 September 1915