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johnsonBenjamin was born in Wolverhampton in 1886, the son of Emanuel and Caroline Johnson. In 1901, they were living at Court No 11, North Street, together with siblings (Benjamin is listed as “Benj”) Emanuel, Richard, Samuel, Chas, Philip, Sidney, Ruth and Bertie. He appears as “Ben” on the 1901 census at 502 Dudley Street, Wolverhampton, together with his parents, and four of his siblings. By now he has become an apprentice boot maker.

Benjamin enlisted on 23 March 1904, so by 1911, he was serving in India with the 1st Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers (number 573). His previous occupation was given as a “Nice Maker”. I have been unable to confirm further details of his life, other than the fact that he later lived at Green Lane, Wolverhampton.

When war broke out he was on reserve, but was recalled to his regiment. He was killed in action on 13 October 1914. He is commemorated at the Le Touret Memorial. An article about him, complete with photograph, also appeared in both the Midland Counties Express (12 December 1914) and the Express & Star (9 December 1914).