Stuckey, Benjamin Frank

Dates:

War Service:
Corporal BENJAMIN FRANK STUCKEY of the 7th Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force was killed in action on 9 August 1918, aged 28.

He enlisted in Ballarat, Victoria on 20 April 1915, giving his occupation as clerk. He sailed from Melbourne on 16 July 1915 on the troopship Demosthenes bound for Alexandria and after joining his unit embarked for the Dardanelles on 11 September. He served in Gallipoli from 29 November until the evacuation, arriving back in Alexandria on 7 January 1916.
The 7th battalion landed in Marseilles bound for the Western Front on 31 March 1916. He was promoted lance corporal on 17 August 1917 and spent from 21 December to 1 January 1918 on leave in England. A week after his return to France he was made up to full corporal.

The 8th August 1918, the first day of the Battle of Amiens had been a great success and it was intended to push home the advantages gained by further pressure next day. At 1.50pm on 9 August the 7th Infantry Battalion supported by several tanks launched an attack towards Lihons coming under heavy artillery and machine gun fire. Their 238 casualties included 6 officers and 52 other ranks killed, among them Ben Starkey.

He is buried in Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres near Amiens.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial at Brownhill Road Baptist church.

Details:
He was born in Portsmouth, the son of Benjamin and Frances Stuckey. The family later moved to 30, Ringstead Road, Catford.

Source:

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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