• Benjamin Francis Esposito

Army / Flying Corps
  • Lieutenant

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  • Birth

    Eaglehawk, VIC, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Rockhampton, QLD, Australia

Stories and comments
    • Letter from Ben Esposito re his part in the Southland saga
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 25 September 2014

    Bendigo Advertiser Tue 23rd Nov 1915: LETTERS FROM SOLDIERS. EAGLEHAWK BOY’S EXCITING EXPERIENCE. Writing whilst proceeding from Egypt to Gallipoli, Private Ben Esposito, of Eaglehawk, says: - “The rest of the Eaglehawk boys and myself are all well. We had a very exciting experience a few days ago. We were chased by a submarine and torpedoed. I had a narrow escape. The boat I was in capsized. Two of the chaps in the boat were drowned. One was a friend of mine, called Mahon; the other was called Copeland. I floundered about in the water with my uniform and boots on, and as I could make no headway, I swam back and climbed on the ship again. One experience with boots on was enough. I stripped, and luckily secured a place in another boat that was just being lowered. We were in the water two hours and a half before we were picked up. The sea was fairly rough, and you can imagine what a feeling of relief it was when we could see on the horizon the ships coming to our rescue. They treated us well. Hot coffee was served out, and then the sailors supplied us with shirts and trousers. We lost about [censored] men drowned, and the rest were killed in the explosion of the torpedo. Major Bateman and our platoon commander, Lieutenant Eales, helped to keep the men cool, and lowered the boats to get the men off. Our adjutant also took photos of the men as they were entering the boats. J. Green was alright. T. Olgaite was sick in Egypt.”