Harold Benn Eagle

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Eagle, Sergeant Harold Benn No.5370

4th Battalion 17th Reinforcements, later 56th Battalion MM

“Glenholme” Georges River Road, Croydon [Park].


Born at Horsham, Victoria.

Enlisted at Liverpool 14/1/1916, aged 25.



Next of kin: mother, Mrs Isabella Eagle. “Glenholme” Georges River Road, Croydon Park

AWM28 1/307 Part 15th Australian Division 11/9/1918-24/9/1918:

This NCO has served with the Battalion during the period February to September 1918 and from May to date has acted as Transport Sergeant.

He has always done his work in a most satisfactory manner and has proved himself to be a thorough and reliable NCO. His work takes him continually under heavy artillery fire and he has always displayed great resource and initiative in command of his section under trying circumstances.

He takes a remarkable interest in keeping the animals in good condition and has gained the confidence and respect of all men in the Transport Section.

He has been with the Battalion since its formation and has given faithful service.

I strongly recommend him for the Meritorious Service Medal.

Received by Lieutenant-Colonel AC. S. Holland. J.C. Stewart, Brigadier-General Commanding 14th Infantry Brigade.

Returned to Australia 1/7/1919.

Married Lucy J. Wood, 1919.

Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R2068463/ [accessed 27/01/2017].

Special acknowledgement

The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 names in the book with a link to the biography copied from the book about each individual. The alphabetical list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. The biographical files are editable, created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to contribute any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they may have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002