1011 S/Lieut. Etienne Benoist, 53e Régiment d’Artillerie
Born at Langres, Ht.Marne on 3rd August 1887, Etienne was an art school graduate.
He enlisted for his compulsory military service at Langres in October 1908 and, by the time he returned to civilian life as a reservist in 1910 had gained the rank of Marichal de Logis.
He was recalled on 1 August 1914 and served with the 39e RAC from then until the 30 July 1915 when he transferred to the 8e RAC. Soon after arrival in his new unit, Etienne received a temporary commission and was transferred to the 53e RAC with whom he would be engaged on the Somme.
Wounded in action on 18 July 1916, Etienne died in Evacuation Hospital No.15 at Cerisy-Gailly, Somme on 28 July 1916.
His remains were returned home for burial.
28 July 1916 died of wounds received 10 days earlier
Research by David O'Mara.
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