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Benjamin RUSHTON

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Surname: RUSHTON

Forename(s): Benjamin

Place of Birth: Accrington, Lancashire

Service No: 146506

Rank: Pioneer

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Engineers

Battalion / Unit: 'O' Special Coy

Division: ---

Age: 39

Date of Death: 1917-07-23

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. G. 21.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Benjamin Rushton was the son of Richard and Elizabeth Rushton, née Hindle. Richard was born at Clayton-le-Moors and Elizabeth at Accrington, Lancashire.

1881 Accrington, Lancashire Census: 265, Blackburn Road - Benjamin Rushton, aged 3 years, born Accrington, son of Richard and Elizabeth Rushton.

1891 Accrington, Lancashire Census: Whalley Road, Waterloo - Benjamin Rushton, aged 13 years, born Accrington, son of Richard Rushton, widower.

1901 Accrington, Lancashire Census: Waterloo - Benjamin Rushton, aged 23 years, born Accrington, son of Richard and [stepson of] Elizabeth Rushton. [Richard had married Elizabeth Calverley in 1891.]

1911 Accrington, Lancashire Census: Houghton Cottage, Whalley Road - Benjamin Rushton, aged 33 years, born Accrington, son of Richard and [stepson of] Elizabeth Rushton.

The British Army Service Record for Benjamin Rushton exists but may be incomplete.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers

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Surname: RUSHTON

Forename(s): Benjamin

Born: Accrington, Lancs


Enlisted: Accrington, Lancs

Number: 146506

Rank: Pioneer

Regiment: Corps of Royal Engineers



Died Date: 23/07/17

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: ("O" Special Coy., R.E.)

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Surname: RUSHTON

Forename(s): Benjamin

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 146506

Rank: Pioneer

Regiment: Royal Engineers

Unit: "O" Special Coy.

Age: 39


Died Date: 23/07/1917

Additional Information: Son of the late Richard Rushton, J.P., and Elizabeth Rushton, of Stonelea, Grindleton, Clitheroe, Lancs. Born at Accrington, Lancs.

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‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (3 August 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)



The many friends of Mr. Rd. Rushton, J.P., of Accrington, and Stone Lee, Grindleton, heard with great regret, on Tuesday, of the death in action of his eldest son, Pioneer Ben Rushton, of the Chemical Corps, Royal Engineers. The sorrowful news was received on Monday, in letters from his section officer, sergeant, and one of his chums. It appears that he was hit by a bursting shell on Sunday, the 22nd July, when close to his billet. A piece of shell perforated his left lung, and he died in hospital, a few miles behind the lines, at 9 a.m. the following day. He was buried in the cemetery near the hospital with military honours by a few of his comrades who could be spared, the service being conducted by the chaplain.

Pioneer Rushton joined the Army in February of last year, choosing as his regiment the corps for men who are skilled in the chemical trade. He was at Chatham for a very short time, going out to France fourteen days after enlistment. He had not been home since. All the letters received from his comrades testify to the fact that Pioneer Rushton had made himself much loved among the entire section by his unfailing good humour and cheerfulness even under the most trying circumstances.

Mr. Rushton’s youngest son, Captain F.V. Rushton, of the 5th East Lancashire Regiment T.F., is serving in France. He has been out since the commencement of the war, being invalided from Gallipoli, owing to dysentery, and is now attached to the 11th East Lancashire Regiment.

Pioneer Rushton was formerly in the service of Mr. Ashworth, chemical manufacturer, Bury. He was 39 and unmarried.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


RUSHTON Benjamin of Stonelea Grindleton Yorkshire died 23 July 1917 in France from wounds Administration London 20 April to Richard Rushton manufacturer. Effects £202 17s 6d.

Grindleton War Memorial – Biographical Notes by Shirley Penman

BENJAMIN RUSHTON, Son of Richard and Elizabeth nee Hindle married 1876 Hyndburn area, was born in Accrington; enlisted in Accrington and resided in Accrington and Grindleton after his parent’s bought Stone Lee, Grindleton. Before enlistment Benjamin worked for James Spencer Ashworth of Dumer Chemical Works at Radcliffe, Bury.

”O” Special Company of the Royal Engineers was involved in the research and making of chemical weapons, part of the chemical war fare of WW1. His background would make him an ideal subject for enlistment into this secretive part of the Allied Forces. There do not appear to be many paper trails to follow with regard to the history of these companies probably due to the secrecy with which they were run.

Commemorated on:

Accrington (Oak Hill Park) Memorial
Grindleton Memorial




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