JONAS, Benjamin
(Service number N/N)

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Date 27 December 1874 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 29 December 1915 Age 41 years
Address at Enlistment
Occupation ccountant and bookkeeper
Previous Military Experience High School Cadets - 4 years
Marital Status
Next of Kin Emma Jonas (mother), Box 560, P.O., Dunedin, New Zealand
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Served with Australian Imperial Force Served in Army
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Date 8 January 1916 Reason Medically unfit.

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Date 13 August 1948 Age 73 years
Place of Death Sydney
Memorial or Cemetery Rookwood Cemetery, Rookwood, New South Wales
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Benjamin Jonas, born on 27 December 1874 at Timaru, was the eldest son of Moses (Moss) and Emma (née Symondson) Jonas. Along with siblings, he was educated at Timaru Main School and privately. Benjamin enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 29 December 1915 at Liverpool, New South Wales, aged 41 years. He had served with the High School Cadets for four years, surely at Timaru. An accountant and bookkeeper, he named his mother as next-of-kin – Emma Jonas, Box 560, P.O., Dunedin, NZ. Moss Jonas had died in 1907 and Emma died in 1918 at Dunedin.

Benjamin Jonas was discharged on 8 January 1916 as medically unfit. In 1930 he was an accountant, living at Darlinghurst, Sydney. He died on 13 August 1948 at Sydney and was buried in Rockwood Cemetery.


NZBDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [15 April 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [15 April 2020]; Australia Electoral Roll ( [17 April 2020]; Rockwood Cemetery record [17 April 2020]

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