Benjamin was born in Dudley in 1877, the son of Benjamin and Esther Billingham. In 1900, he and his brother rented a shop at 430 & 431, Dudley Road, to repair bicycles and sell bicycle accessories. Later that year, Benjamin married Adelaide Drewry in Dudley. By 1911, Benjamin and his wife were living at 2 Elm Farm Road, Wolverhampton with their two daughters, Adelaide and Kathleen. The company went from strength to strength. In 1910 they became the first agents in the country for Ford motor cars. By 1913, the first exclusively Ford car sales and service depot in Wolverhampton was set up in Snow Hill. A separate department was opened for car servicing in Cleveland Street in 1922.
Benjamin’s motor skills appear to have assisted him in giving “valuable assistance with Ambulance work” with the British Red Cross from 1 January 1918 onwards. By then, his address was given as 20 Cleveland Street, Wolverhampton. His Red Cross card has in brackets “Sergeant No. 3 Co. R.A.S.C. M. T. V.”, which indicates that Benjamin did also enlist during the First World War, but I have not been able to confirm further details.
Benjamin died in Wolverhampton in 1931.