Regiment : 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 11419
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 6th December 1914
Buried : Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, France, Panel 17 and 18.
Birthplace : Born and enlisted Birmingham, resident Rednal, Worcestershire
Relatives : Son of Arthur and Sarah Partridge, of Eachway, Rubery
Memorial : Rubery Royal British Legion Club
Also appears on : Rednal St Stephen the Martyr Church. Rubery St Chad's School WW1 Memorial. Rubery St Chad's Church. Rubery Congregational Church now the Beacon Church Centre.
Credits : Researched by Jeff Taylor.
1914-The First Winter
During the month of December 1914 the 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment was to be found in the sector of the Front Line facing Neuve Chapelle. Until the middle of the month the 1st Worcestershire, and the 1st Sherwood Foresters, held in regular relief the trenches along the La Bassee road in which the Battalion had first met the enemy’s fire. By dint of much hard work the sloping bank of the main road was gradually entrenched and casualties decreased. But the losses in that exposed position and in that bitter weather were very severe. Before the middle of December the Battalion had lost half of its strength – over one hundred killed and wounded and more than four hundred disabled by severe frostbite.
From the 15th November to the 13th December 1914, the actual figures were as follows:
Killed: 4 officers and 35 other ranks
Wounded: 1 officer and 73 other ranks
Evacuated with severe frostbite: 9 officers and 544 other ranks
Source for additional information: The Worcestershire Regiment in the Great War by Captain H. FitzM. Stacke of the Regiment, 1928.
It can only be assumed that Lance Corporal Benjamin Partridge was killed whilst serving in the trenches along the La Bassee Road facing Neuve Chapelle.