NELSON, BENJAMIN 16380 Private 8th Battalion 7th Brigade 25th Division

THE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT

Born Leyland  Enlisted and Living Bolton

Died of Wounds  France / Flanders  24th May 1916

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 50.

Preston Guardian Sat 1st July 1916

A report appears of the death of L/Cpl Benjamin Juniper, Loyal North Lancs. Regiment, whose brothers and sisters live in Leyland. On enlistment he was living with a married sister in Bolton, and working for the L. and Y. Railway in the Goods Dept. in Bolton.

He joined the colours in September 1914; was wounded on May 22nd and died two days later. (A photo is in this edition of the P.G., and a similar report appears in both the Chorley Guardian and the Chorley Weekly News of the same date).

The above details fit exactly those of Benjamin Nelson, whose ‘Soldiers Died’ details appear above; however, Benjamin Juniper does not appear in ‘Soldiers Died.’ Surely, we are dealing with the same man serving under an alias: possibly, that of his married sister.

Neither Benjamin Nelson nor Jupiter’s name appear on any memorial in Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Benjamin Nelson is buried is buried in the

AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

AUBIGNY-EN-ARTOIS, PAS DE CALAIS, FRANCE

Grave Ref: Plot I Row C  Grave 27. No next-of-kin information.

Aubigny-en-Artois is a village approximately 15 km north-west of Arras on the road to St. Pol. Aubigny Communal Cemetery is south of the village and the extension is behind it. Turning into the village from the N39 (Arras to St. Pol road) onto the D75, the cemetery lies on a road leading south from the centre of the village.

Note:- On the eve of the day that Benjamin Nelson was wounded, the 25th Division, of which the 8th Loyals was a part, was engaged in the German attack on Vimy Ridge.

Nelson, Benjamin. WE Waring 2004