The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private E E Benson


Private Eric Ernest BENSON, 242128, 3rd/4th (attached 1st Battalion), Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders, France, 4th October 1917, age 31. 

Born Escrick, Yorkshire, son of Israel Benson, of Escrick, Yorkshire.

1911 Census - Sedbury, Richmond, Yorkshire - Thomas Watson Benson, head, age 40, married, domestic butler, born Biccall, Yorkshire; Catherine Ann Benson, wife, age 33, married 11 years, 3 children all still alive, born Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire; Catherin Benson, daughter, age 10, born Over Perver, Cheshire; Archibald Luson? Benson, son, age 8, born Over Perver, Cheshire; Cicily Benson, daughter, age 6, born Spennithorne, Yorkshire; Eric Ernest Benson, brother, visitor, age 24, single, tram car conductor, born Escrick, Yorkshire.

25th October 1915, Newbottle Parish Church, married Jane Gladys Rodgers, spinster, of 19 Electric Crescent, Philadelphia, Co. Durham.

Enlisted Houghton-le-Spring, Co. Durham, age 30, height 5ft 5 inches, weight 133lbs.  Resided 19 Electric Crescent, Philadelphia, Co. Durham. Formerly motorman / farm driver.

Home 6th December 1915 to 11th September 1917; BEF 12th September 1917

6th December 1915, enlisted; 7th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 6th February 1917, mobilized & posted, 5679, 2nd/5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 12th September 1917, Folkestone, Kent, embarked for France; 12th September 1917, disembarked Boulogne; 12th September 1917, arrived 40 Infantry Base Depot, Etaples & posted 3rd/4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 16th September 1917, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

8th December 1919, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Jane Gladys Benson, 19 Electric Crescent, Philadelphia, Co. Durham; No children; Father Israel Benson, Escrick, Yorkshire; Brothers - Leonard Benson, age 43, 5 Compton Street, Clifton? York; Watson Benson, age 46, address not known; Sisters - Mrs. N? Rodgers, age 30, Escrick, Yorkshire; Mrs. M Storr?, age 36, Escrick, Yorkshire.

6th May 1918, pension of 13/9 a week awarded to widow, Jane Gladys Benson, later remarried Mrs J G Gilbert, "The Lodge," The Nook, Grindon, Sunderland.

Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 106 to 108, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

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