Benjamin LANGFORD1891 - 1914 (23 years)
1. Benjamin LANGFORD was born 04 Jun 1891, Stretham, Cambs; was christened 25 Jul 1894, St James, Stretham, Cambs; died 31 Oct 1914, France & Flanders.
- Census New: 31 Mar 1901, Ely, Cambs; Nutholt Lane, Ely, nephew, age 9
- Census New: 2 Apr 1911, Ely, Cambs; Nutholt Lane, Ely, nephew, age 19, bricklayer's labourer
- War Memorial: 31 Oct 1914, France & Flanders; In Memory of Lance Corporal BENJAMIN LANGFORD, 9921, 2nd Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment, who died on 31 October 1914. Remembered with honour - YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
DISPOSAL OF EFFECTS:
2nd Bn., Bedfordshire Regt., L/Cpl 9921, Benjamin Langford
Died between 30-31 October 1914, In Action.
Will in favour of Mrs Rose Anne Vaughan.
Credits: £4 14s 18d; Charges: £4 14s 18d.
23 April 1915: to Aunt, and sole Legatee, Rose Anne Vaughan £4 14s 18d.
13 March 1920: to Cousin Abraham Vaughan (war bonus)
Story from Grandma Pates is that a chap from Biggleswade (Cocky Day?) was standing next to Ben in the trench; Ben lifted his head to take a cigarette out of the breast pocket of his jacket and was shot by a sniper.
Extract from 'Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919' Bedfordshire Regiment:- "Langford Benjamin. 2/Batt. Enlisted Bedford (born Stretham). 9921 L/Cpl. Killed in action. France and Flanders 31/10/1914."
The Bedfordshire Regiment (history of): 2nd Battalion. Mobilised at Roberts Heights, South Africa 10 August 1914, then returned UK. Camp at Lyndhurst, New Forest. Part of 21st Infantry Brigade, 7th Division. Left UK 6 October 1914 to Zeebrugge, Ostend, Ypres. On 31 October 1914,on Gheluvelt to Zandevoorde Road.
Commemorated on both Stretham War Memorials, in St George's Chapel Ely Cathedral and on the Menin Gate (Panels 31 & 33) in Ypres.