James Benson

Memorial: Patchway

Regiment: Royal Engineers

Medals: 1939–45 Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Sapper

Parents: Alfred John and Mary Benson

Home address: 18 Ravenscourt Road Patchway

Pre-war occupation: Building contractor

Date of birth: 20/08/1916

Date of death: 10/08/1944

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Commemorated Patchway War Memorial

Age: 27

Further information:

3 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers.

James was the youngest of 4 brothers all of whom lived together as adults before the outbreak of war and worked together in the building trade, so unsurprisingly James joined the Royal Engineers. He was married and widowed by the age of 23.
James’ squadron was parachuted into Normandy on D-Day with 2 specific tasks for that day that they managed to achieve despite being dropped a considerable distance from the target zones. They continued to advance over the ensuing weeks, tasked with constructing shelters, water points, piping etc. in support of the troops fighting in the battle of Normandy. James lost his life some 2 months after landing in France.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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