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