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1885 - 1916


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1887 - 1916


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1894 - 1916


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1897 - 1916


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Pte 17888 Benton Madeley

  • Age: 29
  • From: Warrington Cheshire
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Thursday 20th September 1917
  • Commemorated at: Tyne Cot Memorial
    Panel Ref: Panel 31-34

Benton Madeley was born in 1888 in Warrington,son of the late Charles and Emma Madeley, of  The Museum, Warrington; husband of Winifred Madeley, of "Ivy Dene," Fairfield Rd, Latchford, Warrington.

He undertook the Banking examination in 1913, while working for Union Bank of Manchester Limited in Warrington, and subsequently passed the Institute of Bankers Final Examination, held in April that year.

He enlisted in Liverpool and was serving in the 19th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 17888 when he was killed in action on the 20th September, 1917 aged 29, during The Third Battle of Ypres.

Details of the attack in which Benton was killed are recorded in the Battalion diary:

19th September 1917 – In support in Denys Wood.  Battalion relieved 17th KLR in front line. Relief complete about 11 p.m.   

20th September 1917 – A raid was carried out by a party of the battalion of 25 OR under Capt. C. Laird, just before 6 a.m. on The Twins. Enemy machine gun fire, however, proved too much for them, although several attempts were made to reach the objective.  Capt. C. Laird was killed in the operation, also 6 OR, and 14 OR were wounded.

Graham Maddocks in “Liverpool Pals”, p.178, explains:  “The remainder of September was fairly uneventful for the rest of the Pals Battalions, except for two trench raids made by the 19th Battalion on 20 September 1917, which, elsewhere on the Salient, was the opening day of the phase of the offensive later referred to as the Battle of the Menin Road. These raids were made for two purposes. The first was an attempt to confuse the enemy as to the intensity and direction of the main attack, and the second was to try to capture two blockhouses known as ‘The Twins’, which commanded the 19th Battalion’s trench front, and thus was able to dominate all its movement. The raiding party, consisting of Captain C. Laird, and twenty-five other ranks left the British front line at 6.00 a.m. and moved into No Man’s Land. However, it was soon spotted, and machine guns opened fire from the blockhouses. Despite a most determined effort to carry the objectives, the situation was hopeless from the start, and Laird and six other ranks were killed and fourteen more soldiers were wounded.”

 
His personal effects were returned to his wife. These were listed as follows: pocket scissors, safety razor in case, lanyard and knife,  1 wrist identity disc, letters , photographs, 3 pipes, 2 tobacco pouches, 4 handkerchiefs, 1 French dictionary, writing case, toothbrush in case, fountain pen, steel mirror, 1 9ct Gold Ring, wristlet watch, strap & guard, metal tube, note book and note case. 

Benton has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. 

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