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Benjamin Francis Dive

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Benjamin Francis AWMM
  • Surname
    Dive AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 551 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1886 AWMM HavelockPelorous Sounds AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 14 June 1916 AWMM Vacey Plains (via Dalby), Queensland, Australia AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mr William Evans Dive (father), Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 23 December 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 551 AWMM
  • Military service
    Cadets (3 years) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 14 June 1916 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    Grazier/Civilian AWMM
    ToowoombaQueensland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died from influenza AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 9" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      140lb AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Benjamin Dive was the son of William Evans Dive and Anne Dive, of 23 Arney Road, Remuera, Auckland.

    Embarked Melbourne, 23 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 17 February 1917; marched into No 6 & 7 Camp, Perham Downs, 18 February 1917.
    Marched out of Australian Details, Perham Downs, 23 February 1917; marched into Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 24 February 1917.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 24 April 1917; marched into Australian Machine Gun Base Depot, Camiers, 25 April 1917.
    Proceeded to unit, 6 May 1917; taken on strength on 12th Machine Gun Company, 6 May 1917.
    On leave to England, 29 January 1918; rejoined unit, 16 February 1918.
    Unit designation changes to 4th Machine Gun Bn, 1 April 1918.
    On leave to Paris, 2 October 1918.
    Admitted to No 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 18 October 1918 (broncho pneumonia).
    Died, No 11 Stationary Hospital, 25 October 1918 (influenza, and broncho pneumonia).

    "Fell a victim to influenza and died in the Military Hospital at Rouen on the 25th October, 1918. A private in the 4th Machine Gun Company of the Australian Imperial Force, he joined his brother at Brisbane. On leaving school he spent two years at Lincoln College, and shortly after left for the Argentine and later Australia, taking up land in Queensland, where he commenced sheep-farming. While at the front he took part in every possible action, coming through unharmed till the end of the war, when he had the ill-luck to contract the dreaded disease." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School]) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 October 1918 AWMM
    Age 34 AWMM
    RouenFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France AWMM S. II. KK. 11. AWMM
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  • Obituary
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