Maurice Victor Beningfield

Rank Second Lieutenant
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 10/03/1915
Age 17
Regiment/Service Worcestershire Regt. 1st Bn.
Memorial Le Touret Memorial

Maurice Victor Beningfield was born in the summer of 1897 in Hampstead. He was baptised on the 27th March 1898 in Primrose Hill. His father I.W. Beningfield , a linen merchant and former colonel, and mother Phoebe had four other children; Violet (b.1883), John (b.1891), Kathleen (b.1895) and Anna (b.1904). John was a student at St Catherine’s boarding school in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire and Kathleen was a boarder at Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Reading. Maurice himself boarded at Felsted School in Great Dunmow, Essex, where he played on the football and hockey teams.

Maurice became a member of the Artists Rifles in August 1914, aged 16, serving in the 28th London Regiment as a Private. He then became a 2nd Lieutenant in the Worcestershire Regiment.

His school wrote of him:

“Beningfield will be remembered by all his contemporaries for his athletic prominence. He came in September 1910 and left in April 1914. At that time he was full back at football and goalkeeper for the hockey eleven. He took part in the attack on Neuve Chapelle on March 10th 1915. His platoon was halted in rear of an old German trench, and while he was getting his men into the trench they were enfiladed by machine guns and he was killed instantly with a bullet in the head.”

43 days after Maurice’s death, his brother John also died, of wounds received in action. Both brothers are commemorated on the St Paul’s memorial.