Benjamin Wilfred Skirman

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WWI Roll of Honour

By Lynette Wray

Benjamin Wilfred Skirman (Skerman)





Military History:        


Regiment:                               Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Rank:                                      Private

Service Number:                    48438

Date of Enlisting:                   11.12.1915

Date of death:                        23.4.1917

Cemetery/ Memorial:            Arras Memorial, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, France

UK Cemetery/Memorial:       St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


Benjamin enlisted with the Royal Fusiliers, City of London Regiment, 7th (Extra Reserve) Battalion on 11 December 1915. He served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders in the Arras Offensive where he was killed in action on 23 April 1917.

He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, France and the Ashwell Church Roll of Honour.


Family History:


Date of Birth:                30.10.1877

Birth Place:                   Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                     Tottenham, London

Marriage:                      19.12.1897


Benjamin was born in Ashwell, 2nd son of Frederick and Hannah (nee Barlow) Skirman on 30 October 1877. He had been a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.  He was a milkman.

Benjamin married Elizabeth Dubery in St Ann’s Church Tottenham, London on 19 December 1897. They had two sons, Frederick James born in 1898 and Benjamin John born in 1899.

Benjamin died on 23 April 1917 in the Arras Offensive in France. He was the last surviving of five sons.




Royston Crow


18 May 1917

P3 col 7 (top)

Killed in action

France 23 April 1917, Pte Benjamin Skirman, only surviving son of the late Frederick Skirman, Springs Head, leaves a wife and two children.



Benjamin Wilfred Skirman

Birth Place:

Ashwell, Hertfordshire


Tottenham, London

Death Date:


Enlistment Place:

London, Middlesex




Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)


7th (Extra Reserve) Battalion

Regimental Number:


Type of Casualty:

Killed in Action

Theatre of War:

Western Europe, France and Flanders



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