Benjamin Ryley

Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 4503 / 24675
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: British Army
Battalion: Machine Gun Corps
Died: 1916 aged 25 years
Death location: France


Life Before The War
Benjamin was born in 1891 in Southampton, his parents were Frederick John and Kate.  His father was born in 1867 in Ely, Cambridgeshire and died in 1935 in Southampton.  His mother was born in 1874 in Warwickshire; she died in 1950 in Southampton.  They were married in 1892 and lived at 2 Anglesea Terrace, Chapel, Southampton.

Benjamin had 1 sister, Gwendoline Florence May, who was born in 1906 in Southampton.

In the census of 1901 Benjamin was living at 29 Dock Terrace, Southampton with his parents.  His father was a Dock Labourer, his mother was a Dressmaker.

By the 1911 census Benjamin was living at 9 Crosshouse Road, Southampton with his parents and his sister.


War ServiceUTW RYLEY, Benjamin    Private 4503
Benjamin  enlisted in Birmingham and fought in France and Flanders.  He died of wounds on 22nd August 1918.

He was awarded the Victory Medal and The British Medal.

Benjamin is buried in Southampton Old Cemetery grave reference 160.A.163.

His father was also in the army he joined the 1/5th Hampshire Regiment in September 1914 and survived the war.

Researcher: Shaun Connolly
Published: May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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