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19156 Private Benjamin Watson Sillince

9th(Service)Battalion

Devonshire Regiment

1st July 1916

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Born in Dover in 1883.

His parents were Joseph Sillince(born in 1850) and

Mary Jane Williams(1862-1907). They were married on 28/11/1882.

Benjamin had 2 brothers; Joseph Arthur(born in 1890) and John Thomas (1895-1924). He also had 3 sisters; Gwendoline Maud(1886-1930), Lucy Jane(born in 1891) and Lily May(1898-1965).

In the 1901 census the family were living at

148 Church Street in Deptford. Benjamin was a general labourer and his father was a tram driver.

In 1907 Benjamin married

Jessie Eliza Smith(03/02/1886-1978) and they went on to have 2 children; Frank Joseph(born in 1909) and

Mary Amelia (20/12/1910-2003).

In the 1911 census Benjamin was recorded as being employed as a dock labourer and the family were living at

3 Dorking Road Deptford S.E.

He enlisted in Deptford and his date of disembarkation into France was on 21/12/1915.

He was killed in action on 01/07/1916.

He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star,

The 1914-1918 British War and Allied Victory medals.

His wife Jessie remarried on 01/02/1920 to

Charles Henry Shiret.

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