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Private L J Benton


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Private Leonard Jabez BENTON, G/2223,  7th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders, France,  17th July 1917, age 25.

Born Earith, St Ives, Huntingdonshire, son of Jabez and Hannah Benton, of 270, King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3.


1911 Census - West Hollanden, Underiver, Sevenoaks - Thomas Gribble, head, age, 43, married, farmer, born Stoke Climsland, Cornwall; Eva Ford Gribble, wife, age 46, married 6 years, born Bereferrers, Devon; Leonard Jabez Benton, assistant, age 20, single, farm assistant, born Earith, Huntingdonshire.


Enlisted Tonbridge, Kent, age 24, height 5ft 10½ inches. Formerly farmer.

Home 9th September 1914 to 25th July 1915; BEF 26th July 1915 to 17th July 1917.

9th September 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th September 1914, posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th March 1915, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 12th August 1915, reverts to Private at own request; 7th March 1916, Casualty Clearing Station, Dysentery; 10th March 1916, to 11 Ambulance Train; 11th March 1916, 10 General Hospital, Rouen, not yet diagnosed; 18th March 1916, arrived at Base Depot Rouen;  19th March 1916, discharged; 21st March 1916, 18 Infantry Base Depot, Etaples; 5th May 1916, proceeded to the Front; 28th November 1916 to 4th December 1916, Leave.

7th August 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Jabez Benton, 270, King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3; Mother, Annie Benton, 270, King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3; Brothers - A H Benton, age 29, 270, King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3; T B Benton, age 22, 270, King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3; C E Benton, age 18, 270, King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3; Sisters - Maud A Benton, age 31, 270, King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3; Mrs S Caylers?, 70 Victoria Street, Westminster, SW.

Buried at  Railway Dugouts Cemetery, Special Memorial, A. 30.  Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


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