2nd Lieutenant, 18th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

Killed in action 23rd April 1917, age 24.

Remembered on the Arras Memorial, France.

Former student of history.


Benjamin was born in 1893 in Jamaica to Augustus, a bishop, and Georgine Westphal. He was educated at Fulneck School, Moravian College, Fairfield, and entered Manchester University in 1910, gained a B.A. in history in 1913 and an M.A. in 1914.

Benjamin joined the University Officer Training Corps during his second year of studies and left just after graduation. When was broke out he enlisted in the 21st Battalion Royal Fusiliers, a University and Public Schools unit, and was gazetted to the 18th Battalion Manchester Regiment in 1916. He died during an attack at Vancourt near Arras on 23rd April 1917, just 11 months after the death of his younger brother Richard.

Effects worth £56 16s 9d were left to Samuel Libbey Connor a Moravian church minister.