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  • Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension
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Staveley, Derbyshire
ALSO BENISON George Henry was the son of George and Mary Ann Benison nee Clifford. George senior was born in Staveley, Derbyshire, in about 1851, the son of Luke Benison, while Mary Ann Clifford, the daughter of William and Hannah Clifford, was born in Barrow Hill, Chesterfield, in about 1854. They were married on 13 April 1873 in Staveley. According to the 1911 Census which was completed by Mary Ann, they had ten children who all survived: John Thomas b. 1874 (J/A/S Chesterfield) bap. 1875 (Staveley), Julia b. abt 1877 bap. 3 March 1892 (Staveley), Hannah birth registered 1881 (J/F/M Chesterfield), Joseph b. 1882 (J/A/S Chesterfield) bap. 17 March 1883 (Whaley Thorns), Mary b, 1883 (O/N/D Chesterfield) bap. 5 May 1889 (Staveley), George Henry bap. 5 May 1889 (Staveley), Harriet b. 1887 (O/N/D Chesterfield) bap. 3 March 1892 (Staveley), William b. 1889 (J/A/S Chesterfield) bap. 3 March 1893 (Staveley), Frank birth registered 1892 (J/F/M Chesterfield) bap. 3 March 1892 (Staveley) and James b. 1893 (J/A/S Chesterfield). The children's places of birth vary slightly on the census returns but they are likely to have been: John, William and Frank - Barrow Hill, Chesterfield; Julia - Hucknall; Hannah, Joseph and Mary - Langwith; George and Harriet - Seymour, Staveley; James - Staveley. In 1881 George (31) a coal miner, and Mary (25) were living with Mary's parents, William and Hannah Clifford in Bolsover, with their three children, John (7), Julia (4) and Hannah (3 months). By 1892 George and Mary were living at 104, 4th Row, Staveley, with their eight children; John (16) a labourer at a colliery, Julia (13), Hannah (10), Joseph (9), Mary (8), George (6), Harriett (4) and William (1). Also in the household was Henry Clifford (24), Mary's brother, who was described as a lodger. The two youngest boys, Frank and James, were born in 1892 and 1893 respectively. George senior died in 1894 (death registered J/F/M Chesterfield) aged about 43 and by the time of the next census in 1901 his widow was living at 110 South Street, Whittington, Derbyshire. All ten children were listed in the household on the night of the census: John (26) a bricklayer, Julia (23), Hannah (20), Joseph (18), Mary (17), George (15), Harriet (13), William (12), Frank (10) and James (8). However, at least two of the children, Hannah and Harriet, have been found on other census returns for the same year: Hannah at 2 Westgate Colonnade, Bradford, as a general servant in the household of Job and Nannie Rhodes, and Harriet (13) at Station Road, Bolsover, in the home of her uncle, Thomas Clifford and his wife Mary. It is also likely that Mary's two oldest children, John and Julia, who were both now married had also left home. John had married in 1900 (O/N/D Mansfield) and Julia had married Albert Harling the same year (St Stephen's church, West Bowling, 11 August 1900, J/A/S Bradford Yorkshire West Riding). Mary also declared another child in the home on the night of the census; Myra Benison (1, birth registered 1900 J/F/M Chesterfield), who was described as her daughter although on the 1911 Census Myra, then 11 years old, was described as Mary's grandchild. Hannah married Thomas Binns at the end of 1901 (O/N/D Bradford, Yorkshire West Riding). By 1911 Mary was living at 131 High Street, New Whittington, Chesterfield. Only three of her children were in the home on the night of the census; William (21) a rope man below ground, and Frank (20) and James (17) who were both pony drivers below ground. Mary's granddaughter, Myra (11) was also in the house. Another daughter, Mary (27) was living at 14 Queen Street, Warsop, where she was housekeeper to the widowed William Mortiboy, a collier, and his five children, while the eldest daughter Julia (33) and her husband Albert Harling (31) were living at 16 Queen Street, Warsop, with their five children; George Albert (9), Annie (7), William (5), Myra (2) and Henry (7 months). Also living with Julia and Albert was George Henry (25), a coal miner, who was described as a boarder. Mary Ann Benison died in 1914 (J/F/M Chesterfield), she was about 58 years old. George's younger brother James served in the Lincolnshire Regiment (8801 Private) and died of wounds on 17 July 1916 (Daours Communal Cemetery Extension). Another brother, Frank, attested in the Leicestershire Regiment (14274) on 3 September 1914 although by the time he was discharged on 1 April 1919 he was serving in the Royal Defence Corps (69413). He re-enlisted in the Grenadier Guards on 17 February 1920 but was discharged the following month. Frank named his brother Joseph of 127 High Street, New Whittingham, as his next of kin when he enlisted in 1914, but altered this to his sister Julia Harling, 98 Sherwood Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, in 1920. George's brother-in-law, Albert Harling, also served in the war but survived. James' service record has survived. He named his sister, Julia Harling, as his next of kin and she completed a form for the army in June 1919 naming James' surviving blood relatives. She listed the following seven siblings: John Benison (40), Warsop, Mansfield Joseph Benison (36), New Whittingham, Chesterfield William Benison (29), New Whittingham, Chesterfield Frank Benison (28), Warsop, Mansfield Julia Harling (41), 98 Sherwood Street, Mansfield Woodhouse Hannah Binns (39), New Whittingham, Chesterfield Mary Benison (25), Sheffield. Harriet has not been positively identified in any records after 1911. Julia died in 1929 (December Mansfield) aged about 51. Her brother, John, died in 1947 (March Mansfield) aged about 72. Hannah Binns may have died on 6 February 1963 (Mar Staincliffe Yorkshire West Riding) aged 82 (b. abt 1881).
Coal hewer.
23 Apr 1916
51343 - CWGC Website
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private George Bennison, served with the 17th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment. He died of wounds on 23rd April 1916 and is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension. He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal
His brother James (see BENISON) is also commemorated on the war memorial in Yeoman Memorial Park (BENNISON). Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His sister, Julia Harling, was his sole legatee.
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    George Bennison - Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension