Topic: AIF - 3B - 8 LHR
8th LHR, AIF
8th Australian Light Horse Regiment
Roll of Honour
Service number: 601
Rank: Trooper [Tpr]
Unit: 8th Light Horse Regiment
Date of death: 7 August 1915
Cause of death: Killed in action
Cemetery or memorial details: Lone Pine Memorial, Turkey
War Grave Register notes: BENSON, Tpr. Charles, 601. 8th Light Horse Regt. Killed in action 7th Aug., 1915. 6.
Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army.
A brief military biography of Charles Benson from The AIF Project:
|Place of birth||London, England|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||5 Primrose Street, Windsor, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||38|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs Florence Benson, 5 Primrose Street, Windsor, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Enlistment date||10 November 1914|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||8th Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||10/13/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 25 February 1915|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||CPL; secondary cemetary rank: Trooper|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||8th Light Horse Regiment|
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||Enlisted 10 November 1914. Taken on strength, 8th Light Horse, 27 July 1915. Appointed Provisional Corporal, 16 May 1915. Reverted to Private on joining the 8th Light Horse, 27 July 1915.|
|Fate||Killed in Action 7 August 1915|
|Place of death or wounding||Gallipoli, Turkey|
|Date of death||7 August 1915|
|Age at death||39|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 6), Gallipoli, Turkey |
The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.
The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.
The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.
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War service: Egypt, GallipoliMedals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Lest we forget
Further Reading:Gallipoli Campaign
Citation: 8th LHR, Roll of Honour, Charles Benson