Great Wyrley’s WWI Fallen: Edward Aulder Benton

Posted: September 15, 2015 in Soldiers, War Memorials, WWI
Edward Aulder Benton (Walsall Local History Centre)

Edward Aulder Benton
(Walsall Local History Centre)

On 18 March 1915 the somewhat under-age Edward Benton, now working as a collier, decides to take himself off to Wolverhampton and sign-up for the War. Without having to prove his age, he attested into, and was accepted by, the Royal Army Medical Corps. Quite what is family thought about it isn’t clear, they of course may not have known where he was. Quite why Edward did it, well I have no idea of course; I can only think of Wilfred Owen’s line in Dulce et Decorum Est – ‘Children ardent for some desperate glory’. 11713 Private Edward Aulder Benton would remain with the Medical Corps for near two months https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/great-wyrleys-fallen-wwi/edward-aulder-benton-a-staffie-among-the-roses/

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