Skerman, Benjamin Wilfrid

Benjamin, known as Wilf, was born at Ashwell, Hertfordshire on 18 April 1883, the eldest son of Alfred William and Eliza Betsy (nee Barton) Skerman. He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

Wilf enlisted on 3 July 1916 with the Royal Garrison Artillery, Regimental Number 101649.  It is not known where he was posted nor if he served overseas, but he survived the War.

Wilf was awarded the British War medal and the Victory Medal.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

Wilf’s father was a platelayer with the Railways in 1901 and the family spent a few years in Islington, London. The family had returned to Ashwell, Hertfordshire by 1911 where Benjamin was a labourer on a farm.

Wilf married Alice Frances Russell on 11 April 1914 in Bromley, Kent.  They had two children, Frank Wilfrid born on 18 March 1920 at Ashwell, and Olive Mabel born on 2 August 1917 also at Ashwell.

The 1939 census shows them living at Ashwell, with Wilf a builder’s labourer and an ARP (demolition) member.

He died at Ashwell, Hertfordshire in the 26 July 1941 and is buried in the St Mary’s Church Cemetery, Ashwell.

His brothers Alfred, Arthur and Herbert all served in the War and survived.

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