John Philip Beningfield

Rank Lieutenant
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 27/04/1915
Age 23
Regiment/Service Royal Field Artillery 59th Bty.
Cemetery Divisional Cemetery

John Philip Beningfield was born in 1891 in St Margarets, Stanstead Abbots, Hertfordshire. . His father, a linen merchant and former colonel, and mother had four other children; Violet (b.1883), Kathleen (b.1895), Maurice (b.1897) and Anna (b.1904). John was a student at St Catherine’s boarding school in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. His sister Kathleen was a boarder at Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Reading and Maurice boarded at Felsted School in Great Dunmow, Essex.


Having left school, John was an insurance clerk and enlisted with his brother Maurice as soon as war was declared. He was made 2nd Lieutenant on 16th January 1915. Maurice was killed in action seven weeks before John. Both brothers are commemorated on the St Paul’s memorial.