Benjamin was the third son of Robert Chappell who lived at "Iona", Brackley Road, Heaton Chapel. He had attended All Saints School and had played football for the school team. After leaving school, he had gone into his father's business.
Benjamin had enlisted into the army in the summer of 1915. There are indications in some military records that he originally joined the Royal Army Ordnance Corps before transferring to the Cheshires, but this is not confirmed by his Medal Index Card held at the National Archives.
Shortly before he went overseas, he married Jessie Pickering and they are believed to have lived together at 5 Stanley Street, Newbridge Lane, Stockport. He will have seen action with the Battalion in Palestine before the unit was transferred to the Western Front, a few weeks before he died.
He was killed in the action described here. It is believed that he was, originally buried much closer to where he fell, at Cheshire Cemetery, Parcy-et-Tigny. Many small cemeteries like this were closed after the war and the bodies were exhumed and re-interred in larger "concentration" cemeteries .
The local newspaper, reporting his death, also noted that his older brother, Harry, had served with the King's Shropshire Light Infantry and had been taken prisoner in June 1917. Harry is believed to have survived the War.