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Harold BENSON on HMT Royal George at Durban.


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On the 1st. September 1917 Harold BENSON sent a postcard to his wife Elizabeth at Freehold St. Leicester.
The card has the ROYAL GEORGE as a Troopship, the postmark is DURBAN 17 SEP 17  9PM and Harold has written On Active Service. 
He says, “this is the ship we are on now.”
There are a few Harold Benson’s O.A.S. and I can’t track this one’s service.
There is a Family Tree on Ancestry, (he was born 1890 Blaby, Leicestershire) but nothing re. his service.

I would be grateful if anyone can find his service details .
Kath.
 

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Kath

 

According to the Leicester Absent Voters List for Spring 1919 Harold Benson of 6 Freehold Street was Private M2/304336 Army Service Corps.

 

Hope that gives you a kick start on him.

 

David

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Said Harold Benson married Elizabeth Ada Morgan on 25 Dec 1911 at St Matthews , Leicester.

 

They had a child Harold Robert Benson born Freehold St on 3 Dec 1916

 

Harold Benson died 7 March 1972  at  330 Humberstone Lane, Leicester

 

Apart from BWM and VM I cannot see anything else on him. He was discharged 33 May 1920

 

 

 

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He is miss-transcribed on FMP in the 1939 Register (as Marshall, I have put a correction through) living at the same address as the one he died at listed as a Hosiery Hand Machinist.

 

Edit - his DOB is given as 29 May 1890.

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Thank you, David & corisande.

 

Kath.

 

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Hi, David, I never think of the AVList!!

 I have Ancestry, found the page: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/collections/61320/

 

But I can't find BENSON, tho. I've tried various search terms.

 

FOUND straight away on FMPast! :lol:

 

Kath.

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Thanks, David, please see my edit.

 

Ancestry :(

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8 minutes ago, Kath said:

Thanks, David, please see my edit.

 

Ancestry :(

No worries, did you notice he was also on the AVL for Spring 1920 - might the MOD still have his service record?

 

EDIT: By the Autumn of 1920 he was back on the electoral roll.

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21 minutes ago, DavidOwen said:

did you notice.....

No, thanks, David.

I'm still learning! 

Don't you have to be a Relative to get records from the MOD?

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1 minute ago, Kath said:

No, thanks, David.

I'm still learning! 

Don't you have to be a Relative to get records from the MOD?

 

No provided the subject is deceased. There is a fee and you may need to provide a death certificate. I would check that they do have his record first if possible as I think it may only be post 1920...

 

Here's the link https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records/apply-for-someone-elses-records

 

 

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Thank you.

There is a very detailed account of him in the Ancestry Family Tree - even a photo -but nothing re. his service.

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