Lance Corporal Alfred Benton (not on Heath Hayes War Memorial)

I have recently come across another Heath Hayes soldier who died fighting for his country but who does not appear on the Heath Hayes War Memorial:

poppyLance Corporal Alfred Benton was born in Cannock c.1896, the son of Arthur and Elizabeth Benton who lived in Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes.

Alfred had been in the Hednesford Territorials for several years before war broke out and also worked as a pit pony driver at the East Cannock Colliery.

He enlisted with the 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force) of the South Staffordshire Regiment at nearby Hednesford.  He was recorded as ‘killed in action’ on 13 October 1915.

Alfred is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.

*If anyone knows if this local solider is recorded on another memorial please get in touch, many thanks

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