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Head and shoulders studio portrait of a man in military uniform.
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Benson, Mr. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 91661

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Private Joseph Henry BENSON (1894-1916). NZEF Service # 6/3622 : Private, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcements, NZEF. Born 21 May 1894 - at Collingwood, Tasman District. Joseph was the son of Mrs Helen Hawkins - (formerly Benson) - of Collingwood, Tasman District. Joseph was the brother of Private Robert Benson (born 1893 at Collingwood, Tasman) : NZEF Service # 8/3879, Otago Infantry Regiment, 14th Company, D. Company, 10th Reinforcements, NZEF. Private Robert Benson served at Egypt (1916) & France (1916). He was wounded in action - 23 June 1916 - at France. He was invalided home to New Zealand - aboard HMNZ Transport Ship 'Navua' - arriving at New Zealand on 10 March 1917. He was discharged the same day from the NZEF. He had served overseas - with the NZEF - for 1 year & 106 days. Prior to enlistment for war service Joseph Benson was a Postal Letter-Carrier - at Collingwood, Tasman District. Joseph Benson enlisted for war service - on 20 October 1915 . He was 21 years of age. At enlistment he was posted as a Private with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcements, NZEF. On 8 January 1916 Private Joseph Benson left New Zealand for overseas war service - with the 9th Reinforcements, NZEF - aboard HMNZ Transport Ship T37 'Maunganui'. On 8 February 1916 Private Benson disembarked - from his transport ship from New Zealand - at Suez, Egypt. Two months later - on 7 April 1916 - Private Joseph Benson embarked - with his Battalion - from Port Said, Egypt - for war service at France & Belgium. Private Joseph H. Benson served at France (1916) - until he was killed in action - on 22 September 1916 - at the Somme Sector, Armentieres, France. He was 23 years of age. Private Joseph H. Benson has no known grave at France - but he is commemorated on the Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France. Private Joseph Benson is also remembered at his hometown in New Zealand - on the Collingwood District War Memorial (1914-1918) - at Collingwood, Tasman District. For Private Joseph H. Benson - and his older brother Private Robert Benson's - full military records refer to New Zealand Online Cenotaph : www.aucklandmuseum.com For a photograph (2) of Private Joseph Benson's brother - Private Robert Benson - refer to Nelson Museum Photograph : Item refs # 91659 & 91660.

- Jenifer Lemaire

Posted on 06-06-2017 03:29:46