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     77497 Gunner Benjamin Isaac Downing

                                Tank Corps 

                       4th July 1917 age 29

 

 Born in1888 in Metfield,Suffolk to Charles & Rachael Downing

of Shadow Barn Bungay,Suffolk( one of their sixteen children).

He was a cowman on a farm where his father was a horseman.

He enlisted into the Yorkshire Regiment(number 28404) at Masham before later transferring to "C" Battalion Machine Gun Corps(Heavy Branch). *

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