Blackmore Area Local History

First World War Commemoration:
Arthur Benton

Died in the First World War.
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Arthur Benton

War Memorial: Place and inscription
War Memorial Tablet inside All Saints Church, Doddinghurst.
Ongar & District
War Memorial Hospital
Roll of Honour (Doddinghurst) [ERO A10815].


Northamptionshire Regiment. 5th Labour Company. 35155.  Transferred to (85258) 143rd Company, Labour Corps.
[CWGC] Formerly 15651, Essex Regiment [Ancestry].

Service Details:
Killed in a railway accident [Service Record]

A letter, dated 9 January 1919, is retained on file, written by Helen Wellesley Pigott - wife of Lt Col Wellesley Pigott , Rifle Brigade - of Blackmore House, nr Brentwood, Essex.
"To the Officer Com of 143rd Labour Coy, 42nd Division, B.E.F.
Dear Sir
Forgive me troubling you but would you kindly inform me whether the death of 85258 Pte Arthur F Benton of the above Coy on 6th September 1917 was due to any misconduct or serious negligence on his part or not, as the Ministry of Pensions have declined to give his poor widowed old mother any pension or grant or giving the above quotation as their  ... . She holds letters from Capt Ellis, Lt P Parsons & Lt Corp Holland stating it was a pure accident & testifying to his excellence as a soldier etc & as I had known Pte Benton for over 20 years ... once that he was the last man to do anything  ... for he was most obedient  ... & tractable.  I have placed the matter in the hands of ... Bottomley M.P. (John Bull) but if you would inform me as to the nature of the accident I should be greatly obliged as Capt Ellis states  "He was ... on a truck  ... train ... with a shudder ... threw him backwards onto the .... Death was instantaneous"  - I believing supposing he was not sitting inside the truck, it might be termed "carelessness" not "serious misconduct".
I am yrs truly
Helen Wellesley Pigott (Mrs)
Wife of Lt Col Wellesley Pigott
Rifle Brigade

His mother later received a plaque and scroll in commemoration (December 1919)

Personal and family information:
Arthur Frederick Benton Born 7th October 1883
Baptised: 11th November 1883, Doddinghurst [ERO D/P 112/1/5 #117]

Son of Charles & Rachel Sophia Benton of Doddinghurst [CWGC].

1891 Census
Charles Benton.  Head.  [Age] 37.  [Occupation] Agricultural Labourer.  Born. Kelvedon
Rachel Benton.  Wife.  [Age] 35                                                           Born. Doddinghurst
Charles Benton. Son.  [Age] 15.  [Occupation] Agricultural Labourer. Born Doddinghurst
George Benton. Son. [Age] 13. [Occupation] Agricultural Labourer.  Born Doddinghurst
Mary A Benton. Daughter. [Age] 12.  [Occupation] Scholar.  Born Doddinghurst
William Benton.  Son. [Age] 9. [Occupation] Scholar.  Born Doddinghurst
Arthur F Benton. Son. [Age] 7.
Annie Benton.  Daughter. [Age] 5.
Harry Benton. Son [Age] 5mos.

Date of Death:
6th September 1917


Where died:

Place of Burial or Commemoration:
Brandhock New Military Cemetery No 3. [CWGC] 

List of Sources:
Ancestry, Commonwealth War
Graves Commission, Essex Record Office,

Great War Gallery

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Last Updated: 3 August 2012