Images courtesy of Alison Mann
Born: 1896, Stoke, Ipswich.
Died: 29th August 1916; age 20; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 2437
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
1901 48, Pauline Street, Ipswich.
Arthur was 4 years old and living with his parent & sister.
Herbert Robert Benns, 28, a Miller, born Shotterley, Suffolk.
Mary Elizabeth Benns (nee Pollard), 27, born Ipswich.
Ida Kate Benns, 3, born Ipswich.
1911 2, Turpin Street, Ipswich.
Arthur was 14 years old, Tailor’s Shop for Errands. He was living with his parents & sisters.
Herbert, 38, a Flour Miller.
Dorothy May Benns, 8, born Ipswich.
Phyllis M. Benns, 1 month, born Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Herbert Benns – father.
Arthur is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich.
image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.
THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT 1/4th Battalion :
The 4th Battalion of the Suffolk’s following their rest period from the Battle on the 18th moved up to Fricourt Wood and advanced on the 25th Montauban alley, Carleton trench and later that night Savoy and George street trench. The 28th of August moved up to the recently captured Wood Lane, supporting Orchard street. The Germans now shelling the area in preparation for an attack on the 30th. The attack was violent, using bombs on Wood Lane, causing many casualties on the defence of the freshly captured ground.