BENJAMIN ASHWELL POSFORD

Images courtesy of Charles Posford, Barbara Shout and Sue Claydon

 Born: 1877, Falkenham, Suffolk.

 Died: 25th February 1915; age: 38; Died of Wounds at Boulogne.

 Date of Entry Therein: 12th October 1914.

 

Rank: Second Lieutenant.

Regiment: Army Service Corps, Supply Dept.

(formally Lt RGA, volunteer)

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.

 

Grave Reference:

I.C.8.

Boulogne Eastern Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Benjamin & Mary Ellen Posford, of Falkenham; husband of Cecile Posford, of The Lodge, Falkenham, Suffolk.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   The Hall, Falkenham, Suffolk.

 

Benjamin was 4 years old and living with his parents.

Benjamin Ashwell Posford, 32, a Farmer of 848 acres employing 36 men, 6 boys & 8 women, born Helmingham, Suffolk.

Mary Ellen Posford (nee Ashwell), 26, born Falkenham.

1 nurse.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

1 gardener.

1 kitchen boy.

 

1891   24, Kidbrooke Grove, Kidbrooke, Plumstead, London.

 

Benjamin was 14 years old, a Pupil & Boarder at the school. Headmaster – Walter Henry Ratcliff.

1911   ‘Wood Dene,’ Kippington, Oak Hill Road, Sevenoaks, Kent.

 

Benjamin was 34 years old, an Analyst. He was married and Head of the Household.

Cecile, 27.

George, 5.

Josephine, 3.

1nurse.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

1 under nurse.

 

Benjamin’s father, Benjamin Ashwell Posford died 1895, Falkenham, Suffolk.

 

Benjamin attend Ipswich School – entered 1891.

 

On the 14th June 1905, at St. Raphael’s Church, Surbiton, Surrey, Benjamin married Cecila Emma Georgette Marguerite Pigache, born August 1883, Surbiton, Surrey. They had 4 children:

Benjamin George Ashwell Posford, born March 1906, Folkestone, Kent.

Josephine Constance Mary Posford, born January 1908, Folkestone.

Peter C.A. Posford, born 1912, Folkestone.

John Albert Posford, born 1914, Folkestone.

 

Benjamin’s son, George Posford was an English composer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Posford

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Cecile Emma Georgette Marguerite Posford – widow, John Josslyn Esq.- solicitor & Rowland John Dawson Esq. – farmer.

 

Probate to Cecile Emma Georgette Marguerite Posford – widow, John Josslyn – solicitor & Rowland John Dawson – farmer.

Death plaque.

Benjamin is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Ethelbert Church, Falkenham, Trimley St. Martin Church, Suffolk and Ipswich school’s WW1 war memorial.

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