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Albert Christopher BENSON

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Surname: BENSON

Forename(s): Albert Christopher

Place of Birth: Cowling, Yorkshire

Service No: 13631

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 'A' Coy 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 23rd Division

Age: 25

Date of Death: 1918-09-11

Awards: M.M.

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Plot 1. Row E. Grave 2.

CWGC Cemetery: MAGNABOSCHI BRITISH CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: COWLING, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: ICKORNSHAW, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Albert Christopher Benson was the son of John and Annie Benson, née Rawson. Both parents were born at Cowling, Yorkshire.

1901 Cowling, Yorkshire Census: Middleton - Albert C. Benson, aged 8 years, born Cowling, son of Annie Benson, widow.

1911 Cowling, Yorkshire Census: 10, Walton Street - Albert Christopher Benson, aged 17 years, born Cowling, son of Annie Benson, widow.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Albert C. Benson, M.M., 13631, West Riding Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 26 August 1915. Correspondence: Mrs. A. Benson applies for the Military Medal due to her late son Pte A.C. Benson. Address: 2, Green Street, Cowling, near Keighley.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

BENSON, Signaller Albert C., Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, 2, Green Street, [Cowling], killed Sept. 11, 1918.

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Private Albert Christopher BENSON

Private Albert Christopher BENSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

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Surname: BENSON

Forename(s): Albert Christopher

Born: Cowling, Yorks

Residence: Cowling

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 13631

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 10th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 11/09/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Italy

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: BENSON

Forename(s): A C

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 13631

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: "A" Coy. 10th Bn.

Age: 25

Awards:

Died Date: 11/09/1918

Additional Information: Son of John and Annie Benson, of Cowling, Keighley, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: UNTIL THE DAY DAWNS AND SHADOWS FLEE AWAY)

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Unknown platoon of 'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Aldershot, 1914

Unknown platoon of 'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Aldershot, 1914

Photograph sent home to his parents at Bolton by Bowland by Pte Henry (Harry) Valance Killeen (13738). Henry is standing, with his hands behind his back, 11th from right. His brother, Pte Reginald Victor Whiteley Killeen (q.v.), was killed in action on the 25 January 1916

Courtesy of Paula Ann Payne (née Bailey), Barnoldswick

'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), Bramshott, August, 1915

'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), Bramshott, August, 1915

Courtesy of Bernard Ideson

Names of identified officers and other ranks on above photograph

Names of identified officers and other ranks on above photograph

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26 October 1917

HONOUR FOR COWLING SIGNALLER

Signaller Albert Benson, Duke of Wellington's, has won the Military Medal for bravery. The event, which gained him this distinction, is described as follows:- "Several of his pals were badly wounded and buried by a bursting shell, while engaged at an advanced post. With great coolness and courage whilst under shellfire, Signaller Benson dug them out and got the stretcher bearers up to them."

His Officer afterwards recommended him for the distinction, which has now been given him.

Private Benson enlisted on September 21st 1914, and went out to France on August 24th 1915. At the time he enlisted he was employed as a weaver by Messrs. John Binns and Sons Ltd., Croft Mills, Cowling.

27 September 1918

COWLING

The sad news is to hand that Signaller Albert C. Benson, M.M., of the Duke of Wellington's, and No. 2 Green Street, Cowling, was instantaneously killed by shell fire on September 11th whilst laying telephone wires on the Italian front. Signaller Benson had greatly endeared himself to his comrades by his cheerful and willing service under most trying conditions. He was buried with military honours in the British Cemetery. He joined the Forces four years ago in September 1914, went out to France in August 1915, and was transferred to Italy in November of last year. In September 1917 he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in face of the enemy. Under heavy fire he dug out four comrades who had been buried as a result of shellfire. Previous to joining the Colours he was employed by Messrs. John Binns and Sons Ltd. at Croft Mills as a weaver.

04 October 1918

COWLING

A Memorial Service was held on Sunday morning at the Cowling Parish Church, conducted by the Vicar, to the memory of the late Signaller A.C. Benson and Corporal James Binns, both of whom have made the supreme sacrifice in the service of their country.

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26 October 1917

COWLING

MILITARY MEDALLIST - Signaller Albert C. Benson, of 'A' Company, Duke of Wellington's Regiment, has won the Military Medal for bravery. The event which gained him his distinction is described as follows:- "Several of his pals were badly wounded and buried by a bursting shell while engaged at an advanced post. With great coolness and courage whilst under shell fire, Signaller Benson dug them out and got the stretcher-bearers up to them. His officer afterwards recommended him for the distinction which has now been given him." Private Benson enlisted on Sept. 21st, 1914, and went out to France on Aug. 24th, 1915. At the time he enlisted he was employed as a weaver by Messrs. John Binns and Sons, Ltd., Croft Mills. Cowling.

27 September 1918

Cowling Lads Killed in Action

The sad news is to hand that Signaller Albert C. Benson. M.M., of the 10th Duke of Wellington's, whose home was at 2, Green Street, Cowling, was instantaneously killed by shell fire on Sept. 11th, whilst laying telephone wire on the Italian front. Signaller Benson had greatly endeared himself to his comrades by his cheerful and willing service under most trying conditions. He was buried with military honours in the British cemetery. He joined the forces four years ago in September, 1914, went out to France in August, 1915, and was transferred to Italy in November of last year. In September, 1917, he was, awarded the military medal for bravery in face of the enemy; under heavy fire he dug out four comrades who had been buried as a result of shell fire. Previous to joining the colours he was employed by Messrs. John Binns and Sons, Ltd., at Croft Mills, as a weaver.

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