|Queens College Hobart|
|Claremont Camp near Hobart,Tasmania|
On the 3rd of April, Eric transferred to the 105th Battery, operating near Bapaume, and on the 13th was severely wounded while his unit was engaged in an artillery duel. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries and died the next day.
- “At Noreuil, near Bullecourt, April 14/17 (April 14, 1917, ed), we were in action and Gnr Benjafield was wounded by a shell fragment, which caused septic poisoning. He walked to the dressing station and was sent to the C.C.S. (3rd) (No.3 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, ed) where he died at 12 (noon) next day. He was buried in Achill le grand Cemetery, about 2 miles from Bapaume, and I saw the grave about a month later, when I went to the same C.C.S. Wounded. His great chum, Gnr Paton, sent his things home.” 11628 Gnr I. Robey, 105 Howitzer Bty, 28.8.17.
- “I saw him wounded at Moriel (or Moreai, ed) Gulley – he was caught by a gas shell in the leg and arm. I carried him to the dressing station where he died some little time after from septic poisoning. I do not know place of burial and cannot refer to anyone for further particulars.” 2182 Gnr C M Harris, 105 Howitzer Bty, 17.9.17
|Greviller British Cemetery|
To paraphrase King George “.....a brave life given for others in the Great War.”