Benjamin Alfred Thirtle


About Benjamin Alfred

  • Name
    Benjamin Alfred
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    14 March 1876
  • Birth town
    Norwich, Norfolk
  • Resided town
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
    19 June 1955
  • Married
  • Occupation
    Grocer's Assistant

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Essex Regiment


Private B A Thirtle passed through Peterborough East Station on 22 August 1916, and was serving with the 2/6 Battalion Essex Regiment.  At the time he was stationed at Killinghall Camp, Harrogate and proceeding to Norwich on draft leave.

We cannot positively identify this soldier as his service records have not survived, but we are fairly certain that he is Benjamin Alfred Thirtle who was born in Norwich on 14 March 1876, to parents James Henry and Sarah (nee Farrow).

Benjamin was one of nine children and in 1911, the family were living at 31 Greenhills Road, Norwich.  James Henry (70) was an insurance agent and Sarah (71) and two siblings Margaret (39) and Jessie Sarah (31) draper’s assistant.  Benjamin Alfred (35) was a grocer’s assistant.

We know very little of Benjamin’s war service.  However, from his medal card we understand that he served with 2/6 Battalion Essex Regiment and at some time transferred to the Labour Corps.  He was awarded the British War and Allied Victory Medals, which indicates that he served overseas.

In 1939, Benjamin was living at 57 Trafford Road, Norwich with his sister Margaret.  He is a confectionery (sweets) traveller.  Both he and his sister were unmarried.  Benjamin died in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital on 19 June 1955, aged 79 years.

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