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Surname: BENSON

Forename(s): Walter

Place of Birth: Cowling, Yorkshire

Service No: 29271

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Highland Light Infantry

Battalion / Unit: 14th (Service) Battalion

Division: 40th Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1917-10-05

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. F. 5.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: COWLING, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Walter Benson was the son of Smith and Mary Ellen Benson, née Teal. Both parents were born at Cowling, Yorkshire.

1901 Cowling, Yorkshire Census: Sun Street - Walter Benson, aged 3 years, born Cowling, son of Smith and Mary E. Benson.

1911 Nelson, Lancashire Census: 109, Clayton Street - Walter Benson, aged 13 years, born Cowling, Yorkshire, son of Smith and Mary Ellen Benson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Walter Benson, 29271, High. L. I.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: L/Cpl Walter Benson, 29271, 14th H.L.I.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte (L/C) Walter Benson, 29271, 14th Bn H.L.I. Date and Place of Death: 5.10.17. France in action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Smith. £10 13s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Walter. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Mary Ellen Benson. Relationship: Mother. Deceased. Dependant: Mr Smith Benson. Relationship: Father. Address 1. 181, Chapel House Road, Nelson, Lancs. Address 2. 9, Parrock Street, Nelson, Lancs.

Walter is commemorated in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


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


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Highland Light Infantry

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Highland Light Infantry

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 40th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 40th Division

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Surname: BENSON

Forename(s): Walter

Born: Cowling, Yorks

Residence: Nelson, Lancs

Enlisted: Colne

Number: 29271

Rank: L/Cpl

Regiment: Highland Light Infantry

Battalion: 14th (Service) Battalion


Died Date: 05/10/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 22406, Scot. Rif.

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: BENSON

Forename(s): Walter

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 29271

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: Highland Light Infantry

Unit: 14th Bn.

Age: 19


Died Date: 05/10/1917

Additional Information: Son of Smith and Mary E. Benson, of 181, Chapel House Rd., Nelson, Lancs. Native of Cowling, Keighley, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN)

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'Burnley Express' (24 October 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Robert S. Richardson)


Lance-Corpl. W. Benson, of the Highland Light Infantry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Smith Benson, 181, Chapel House-road, died from wounds received in action on October 4th. He was 19 years of age, and joined the Army when 17.




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