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Surname BENSON
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) Jens
Regimental Number 148
Unit Name 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry
Extracts and Comments
(from Sources as shown)

Murray: BENSON.
Kaplan1: BENSEN.
B5172: c/- Bundaberg Qld.
URL2: photo #148, single c/- Mrs A BENSON of Curtis St. Bundaberg Qld.
Source:# 1532 Pte. 148 Jens BENSON 3QIB served in WW1 as James BENSON. Enlisted 5.7.1915 as No. 1 CSM James BENSON A Coy 32Bn. AIF. Commissioned 2Lt 32Bn. 3.7.1916. Wounded on the night 20.7.1916 at Fleurbaix (Fromelles) and went back across no Mans land for treatment he was never seen again. His body has now been recovered and buried in France (2016).
URL3: ADFA WW1 AIF Database record.
URL4: Aust. Archives holdings mention 18 months previous service with 3rd Qld. Contingent in South Africa.
URL5: AWM Roll of Honour - James BENSON (photo P09291.481) Second Lieutenant 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion Australian Army First World War, 1914-1918, killed in action 20.7.1916 in France aged 37, place of association - Cheltenham SA, cemetery or memorial details - Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery, Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 470
Kaplan1: Medal Roll for the QSA with Bar Relief of Mafeking 83
B5172: National Archives of Australia series B5172
Queenslander: The Queenslander newspaper date(s) 3.3.1900
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 1532
B2455: National Archives of Australia series B2455
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Apology: For some time now it has been difficult to keep up with the newly available sources (especially the Trove newspaper site) plus the flow of contributions and queries. So I have been forced to prioritise maintenance and data entry over replying to correspondence. Nevertheless, your contributions are being added to the database and acknowledged on the contributions page and, although my replies are many months behind, I will attempt to get to them more often.
Colin Roe

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