Regiment: Royal Fusiliers
Regimental Number: 7687
Date of Enlisting: 3.9.1914
Date of death: 4th quarter 1951
UK Cemetery/Memorial: St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour
Benjamin enlisted on 3rd September 1914 and joined the Royal Fusiliers, Regimental Number 7687. After training on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire he was sent to the Western Font on 26th July 1915. The 11th Battalion saw active service in most of the major battles of the Western Front. Benjamin fell ill and was invalided home in October 1918, about 2 months before the battalion was demobbed. He survived the War and died in Wandsworth, London in the 4th quarter 1951.
Benjamin was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Silver War Badge.
He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.
Date of Birth: 4th quarter 1881
Birth Place: Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Marriage: Not known
Benjamin was the only son of Frederick Edward and Eliza Ann (nee Wilkins) born at Ashwell, Hertfordshire in the 4th quarter 1881. His mother died when he was not quite two years old and his father married Hannah Waldock in 1888. Benjamin was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell. The 1901 census shows him boarding with the Skerman family in Highbury, Islington, London and working as a general labourer.
It is not known if Benjamin married or had children.
|Birth Place:||Ashwell, Hertfordshire|
|Death Date:||4th quarter 1951|
|Type of Casualty:||Survived|
|Theatre of War:||Western Europe, France and Flanders|