1536 (later 476278) Sapper BENJAMIN
and 319517 Private, Royal Flying Corps,
later 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Edward De Santis ©2008
Enlisted as 1536 Sapper, 1st West Riding of Yorkshire Field Company, R.E. (Territorial Force).
UNIT OF ASSIGNMENT(2)
1st West Riding of Yorkshire Field Company, R.E., later redesignated the 457th (West Riding) Field Company, R.E. with the 49th Division.
ACTIVE SERVICE IN THE GREAT WAR(3)
Arrived in France and Flanders on 20 June 1915.
BATTLES, CAMPAIGNS & UNIT LOCATIONS(3,4)
Battle of Albert (The Somme), 1 to 13 July 1916
Battle of Bazentin, 14 to 17 July 1916
Battle of Flers-Courcelette, 15 to 22 September 1916
Transferred to the Royal Flying Corps
Applied for the award of the 1914-15 Star, 1 March 1919
Discharged from the Royal Flying Corps to accept a commission, 20 March 1919
Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force
Posted to the North Western Area, Royal Air Force
Relinquished his commission in 1924
Address after leaving the RAF was Adelphic Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland and later 13 Sarah Court, Masborough, Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
British War Medal
NOTE: Duplicate awards of the British War Medal and Victory Medal were presented to him for his service in the Royal Flying Corps.