No.75473 Benjamin Balding
Benjamin Balding was born on 22 December 1889 in Marungi, Victoria to Alfred and Annie Balding (nee Simmie).
He had ten brothers:
- William Gerald
- Richard George
- Edward Gerald
- William Alfred
- Herbert (Herb)
- Janet (who died 1883)
- Janet Louisa Herbert (born after the first Janet)
Werribee Shire Banner, 24 April 1913, p.3.
They had three children:
- Allan Benjamin - born 1914
- Frank Irons - born 1918
- Stanley George - born 1919
Benjamin enlisted on 23 April 1918 in Melbourne and was assigned to Australian Flying Corps in Laverton. He was aged 28 years and 3 months, was 5 feet and eight and three quarter inches tall. Benjamin weighed 161 pounds and had a chest measurement of thirty five to thirty eight inches. His complexion was listed as medium, with brown eyes and fair hair. His next of kin was listed as his wife, Mary Ellen Balding of 57 North Road Newport, Victoria. All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
According to his records he enlisted for active service abroad and was attached to the Central Flying School in Laverton. Benjamin was discharged from A.I.F on the 19 November 1919 due to demobilisation of A.I.F. but not due to misconduct.
According to an Obituary, Benjamin Balding and his brothers carried on a chaff cutting business for a number of years and remained in the district until his death.
Werribee Shire Banner, 20 May 1943, p.3
Another newspaper article noted that Benjamin and Mary Ellen’s third son died on a Saturday morning at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as the result of injuries received in an accident. He was only 16 years of age.
Williamstown Chronicle, 18 April 1936, p.5
Benjamin Balding passed away at the Wandene Hospital on 11 May 1943, after an illness lasting 6 weeks, he was 53 years of age. He was buried at the Werribee Cemetery, Victoria.
Medals and Entitlements:
- None awarded
1943 'OBITUARY.', Werribee Shire Banner (Vic. : 1911 - 1952), 20 May, p. 3, viewed 18 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75202018
1936 'Master STANLEY BALDING.', Williamstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1856 - 1954), 18 April, p. 5, viewed 18 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70733895
1913 'ORANGE BLOSSOMS.', Werribee Shire Banner (Vic. : 1911 - 1952), 24 April, p. 3, viewed 18 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74822705