Born in 1896 at Thurlstone, Yorkshire, son of Samson and Ruth Kirkham, of, School Wells, Thurlstone. In 1911, the family were living at Cut Thorn Farm, Wildboarclough. Ben had a twin sister, Ada, and his elder brother John, had a twin sister, Ann. Ben enlisted at Macclesfield, and after completing his basic training he was drafted to the Western Front to take part in the Flanders offensive, 1917.
The Second Army began the third phase of its offensive on the 4th October. The 5th Division had to capture the spur south west of Reutel (Polderhoek) to protect the flank of the Army. The 1st Battalion were in reserve in Sanctuary Wood suffering an average of 12 men killed and 40 wounded daily from shell fire. The 1st Battalion was destined to exploit the success of the 95th Brigade, but, as success was not obtained, it had to endure, as patiently as it could, the inevitable shelling of reserve positions. Benjamin was killed in action, 04/10/1917, he was aged 21 years.
Medals: British War Medal and Victory Medal. These medals were sent to his parents who were now living at, Eagle and Child Cottage, Wildboarclough. Ben’s elder brother John, also in the 1st Battalion, died of wounds the following day.
Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank H.A.G Carlisle for this information on Ben.