Date of birth: 1884
Place of birth: Winchester, Hampshire
Date of marriage: 1903
Place of marriage: Winchester
Service No.: 6179
Regiment / Division: Hampshire Regiment
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Died: 31st October 1914 aged 30 years
Death Location: France and Flanders Theatre
Life before the War
Benjamin James was born in the St Michael’s district of Winchester 1884 to parents Robert and Ann, nee Appleton, who married 1863 in Winchester, Hampshire. Robert was born 1839 in Ropley, Hampshire and Ann 1843 in Bishopstoke, Hampshire. Benjamin had 7 siblings:
Elizabeth Harriet 1862 – 1939
Flora Frances 1875
William J 1880
Albert Jubilee 1887
In the 1891 census Benjamin, with his parents and siblings, was living at 61 Canon Street, Winchester, Hampshire. Benjamin’s father Robert was a Bricklayer, his mother Ann was a Laundress and his brother Robert a Groom.
By 1901 Benjamin had joined the Army. He was a Private with the Hampshire Regiment and stationed at The Barracks, Winchester, Hampshire.
Benjamin’s brother Albert also joined the Hampshire Regiment in 1915.
In 1903 in Winchester Benjamin married Florence Ada Carter, b. 1884 in Droxford, Hampshire.
The 1911 census shows Benjamin and Florence had 4 children, but only three are shown on the census – Alfred Benjamin b.1903, Annie Ellen (aka Nellie) b. 1907 and Reginald Stanley b. 1909. All the children were born in Winchester. At this time they are living at 9 Cross Street, Winchester, Hampshire. His occupation is a Bricklayer.
Benjamin served with the 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment as a Private, Regimental Number 6179. He enlisted in Winchester. Benjamin was killed in action on 31 October 1914 in the Western European Theatre (France and Flanders). He was entitled to the 1914 – 1915 Star, Victory Medal and British War Medal which his wife applied for. She gave her address as 9 Bannister Street, Bedford Place, Southampton.
Benjamin was a Reservist, prior to which he had served in the South African Campaign.
Benjamin is Remembered with Honour on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.
National Roll of Honour
“Goodall, B, Private, 1st Hampshire Regiment.
He was mobilised in August 1914 and shortly afterwards proceeded to France where he was actively engaged in the fighting during the Retreat of Mons. He also took part in the subsequent Battles of the Marne and the Aisne and was killed in action on October 31st 1914. He was entitled to the Mons Star and the General Service and Victory medals.
9, Lower Bannister Street, Southampton”