Private 29172 Arthur Binnion

Died Home on Saturday, 27th March 1920, age 21.
Buried in Grave C. "C." I. at Tipton Cemetery, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

2nd Bn., Border Regiment. 20th Brigade of 7th Division.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Unknown, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because his grave was found in Tipton Cemetery.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/395336/

Genealogical Data

The following information has been kindly provided by a family member.

William Henry Benion (age 22) and Eliza Weaver (age 21) married on 30th August 1896 at St John's Church, Tipton.
Their first child, Arthur, was born 27th August 1898 at 43 Bell Street, Tipton. Briht registered December quarter 1898 in Dudley.

Eliza Ann Bennion (nee Weaver), died 1900 age 23.
William Henry Bennion, Coal Miner, died 1907 age 30, leaving Arthur as an orphan.

1901 Census
5 Court 3 House, Hall Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Arthur Benion (2, born Tipton) was 'boarding' with his grandparents Richard Weaver (63, Pauper, born Clee Hill and Selina Weaver (63, born Clee Hill).
Arthur's widowed father, William Benion, may well have been living with his mother at 13 Lane Street, Sedgley.

1911 Census
8 Hall Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Arthur Benion (12, born Tipton) was living with his widowed grandmother Lavinia Weaver (69, born Cleobury Mortimer).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

No details survive of Arthur's military service, so we cannot tell whether he was discharged due to sickness or wounds.

Arthur died in Dudley Guest Hospital on 26th March 1920, aged 21. The Death Certificate gives the cause of death as pulmonary embolism, his occupation as "Coal Hewer's Loader", and address as 39 High Street, Tipton. His death was registered by his Aunt, Fanny Owen of 38 High Street,Tipton.

His medals were never requested by the family, but in 1929 it seems that Mrs A. Duffield (another Aunt) initiated contact with the Ministry of Defence, enclosing his dog tags as proof. The Ministry of Defence returned a form to document his family and ensure the medals were issued to the next-of-kin, but this form was never returned and the medals subsequently destroyed in line with King's Regulations.

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