Regiment : 237th Field Company Royal Engineers
Service number : 137953
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 12th May 1916
Buried : Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Oxfordshire, England, Grave I1. 42.
Birthplace : Born Birmingham, enlisted Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Wollaston St James's Church
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Benjamin Burford was born in 1875 in Aston and by 1891 he was living with his parents, Joseph and Mary, at 39 Vicarage Road, Wollaston. By 1914 he had married and was living in Cobden Street with his wife Amelia and seven children. He was employed as a carpenter and joiner. He volunteered some time in 1915 and joined the Royal Engineers. Benjamin was posted to 237th Field Company but became ill. He was sent to a military hospital in Henley-on-Thames, but died there of ‘spotted fever’. Private Benjamin Burford was 40 years of age.