The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private A E V Benstead


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Private Albert Ernest Victor BENSTEAD, G/21071, 1st  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, (gun shot wounds, chest & lung), France and Flanders, 11th February 1917, at 8.35pm, age 19.

Born Snoring, Norfolk, son of Henry & Maria Benstead, of Great Snoring, Fakenham, Norfolk.

11th June 1897, Great Snoring, Norwich, Norfolk baptism of Albert Ernest Victor Benstead, son of Henry & Ann Maria.


1911 Census - The Lane, Great Snoring, Fakenham, Norfolk - Henry Benstead, Head, age 55, married, farm labourer, stockman, born South Creake; Ann Maria Benstead, wife, age 54, married 18 children, 10 children still alive, born Wells; Herbert Leslie Benstead, son, age 21, single, groom, born Great Snoring; Ethel May Benstead, daughter, age 15, single, dressmaking apprentice, born Great Snoring; Albert Ernest Victor Benstead, son, age 14, single, labourer on farm, born Great Snoring; Hilda Rose Benstead, daughter, age 7, school, born Great Snoring.


Enlisted Norwich, Norfolk, age 18, height 5ft 3¼ inches, weight 121lbs. Resided Great Snoring, Fakenham, Norfolk. Formerly farm labourer.

Home 9th December 1915 to 17th July 1916; BEF 18th July 1916 to 11th February 1917.

9th December 1915, enlisted; 10th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 1st April 1916, mobilized; 5th April 1916, posted 12191, 9th Battalion, Royal west Surrey Regiment; 17th July 1916, embarked; 18th July 1916, attached 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 16th September 1916, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment.

25th? February? 1919, Father, Henry Benstead, age 63, Great Snoring, Fakenham; Mother, Ann Maria Benstead, age 62, Great Snoring, Fakenham; Brothers - Arthur Benstead, age 40, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Walter Benstead, age 38, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; David Benstead, age 32, London, Ontario, Canada; Fred Benstead, age 30, Wells; Sisters - Anna Benstead, age 42, Great Snoring; Ellen Benstead, age 26, Great Snoring; Ethel Benstead, age 24, Great Snoring; Hilda Benstead, age 16, Great Snoring.

Buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, VI.B.39., Pas de Calais, France.


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