19 October 1914, Port Melbourne Pier.
Men of the 2nd Australian Infantry Brigade board the HMAT Benalla for service overseas. Amongst them was a young Christmas Hills farmer, Private John Valentine Wilson, son of David and Elizabeth Wilson.
Just eight months later, on 3 June 1915, Private Wilson was killed in action in Gallipoli. He was 25 years old.
Like many of the men who lost their lives in the Dardanelles, little is known of the circumstances surrounding his death.
His file simply says ‘Killed in action. His body was found and buried by Captain Goodfellow and Major Waterhouse'.
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