Skirman, Benjamin

Skirman, Benjamin




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 1917P3 col 7 (top)Killed in actionFrance 23 April 1917, Pte Benjamin Skirman, only surviving son of the late Frederick Skirman, Springs Head, leaves a wife and two children.



Benjamin Skirman
Birth Place:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence:Tottenham, London
Death Date:23.4.1917
Enlistment Place:London, Middlesex
Regiment:Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Battalion:7th (Extra Reserve) Battalion
Regimental Number:48438
Type of Casualty:Killed in Action
Theatre of War:Western Europe, France and Flanders



Comments about this page

  • I am very confused by this page , My father now deceased was Frank Wilfred Skerman who lived at Swan Street Ashwell & his father was Benjamin Wilfred Skerman the name on my Fathers wedding certificate given for his Father born 1883 died 26th July 1941 married to Alice Russell ….. His parents were Alfred William Skerman & Eliza Barton .

    On his grave at Ashwell cemetery it calls him Wilfred Skerman & Alice buried together , but he was Benjamin Wilfred as my Father told me , they called him Wilf .

    Were there 2 men with the same name ??? 

    my Great Grandfather Alfred William Skerman had 13 children .

    Can you help me on this …..Alfred Skerman & Eliza are also buried in Ashwell cemetery .



    By Valerie Williams (20/01/2018)

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