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James was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, and Benjamin was born in Wolverhampton in 1898, the sons of Harry and Harriet Badger. In 1901, they were living with their parents at 74 Granville Street, Wolverhampton, along with siblings Harry J., Ann, Harriet, and Louisa. They were living at the same address in 1911, with additional children Phoebe, Bert and Elizabeth.  James was now working as an errand boy for an iron foundry, and Benjamin was at school.

Benjamin enlisted in the 2nd/5th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 30223). He was killed in action on 16 October 1917. He is buried at Sucrerie Cemetery, in Ablain-St. Nazaire, France.

James enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 24802), before transferring to the 2nd Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment (number 31270). He was killed in action on 27 May 1918, and is commemorated at the Soissons Memorial in France.