Private 201707 Benjamin Millership

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Killed in Action on Wednesday, 25th April 1917, age 28.
Commemorated on Pier and Face 5 A and 6 C of Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

1st/7th Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 144th Brigade of 48th Division.
Formerly 4099 Worcestershire Regiment.

Son of John and Charlotte Millership.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Dudley, 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.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1544734/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Benjamin Millerchip registered December quarter 1888 in Dudley.

1901 Census
Toll End Road, Tipton, Staffs.
John Millership (48, Occupation not stated, born North of England), his wife Charlotte (42, Seamstress, born Golds Green), and their children: Benjamin (12, born Tipton), Alma (9, born Tipton), and John T. (7, born Tipton).

1911 Census
60 Ballfields, Tipton, Staffs.
Benjamin Millership (22, Scythe Grinder, born Tipton), and his wife Alice (20, born West Bromwich). They had no living children, but had already had one child who had died.

Personal Data

The Tipton Library Memorial records B Millinship. This is an error in the 'Staffordshire Roll of Honour', and ought to show B Millership.

Action resulting in his death

In March and April 1917 the Germans had conducted their ordered retreat to the Hindenburg line. The 1/7th Worcesters, as part of 48th (South Midlands) Division, had been following and harassing the Germans eastward from Peronne. By 24th April they were just a mile from the Hindenburg Line, which at this point ran just in front of the St. Quentin canal at Bony. Here Gillemont Farm sat on a spur of land with good visibility over the German positions of the Hindenburg Line.

At 03.45am on the 24th April the 1/8th Worcesters attacked and initially took Gillemont Farm. A strong German counter-attack at 08.00am, under a devastating bombardment, forced a retreat to their start point after suffering heavy casualties.
The 1/7th Worcestershires were ordered to renew the assault on Gillemont Farm, commencing at 2300 on the 24th. A confused struggle ensued in the darkness with bomb and bayonet, but eventually the Worcestershire lads forced the enemy out of the Farm and down the slopes.

Dawn on the 25th April brought a storm of fire from all directions onto Gillemont Farm; the narrow spur gave the enemy a target impossible to miss. At 0600 a strong German counter attack was made, which the Worcesters managed to beat off with difficulty. They continued to hold firm throughout the day, until they were finally relieved at nightfall.

During the 25th, Benjamin Millership was killed, and his body not subsequently identified. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

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