Benjamin DUTTON
Rank: Private
Number: PLY/1395(S)
Unit: 1st Battalion ROYAL MARINE LIGHT INFANTRY
Date of Death: 27 April 1917
Age: 19 (based on 1901 Census)
Cemetery: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Thomas and Elizabeth Dutton originated from Warwick but moved to Stockport in the late 1880s, after their first two children, Alice and Emily, were born. Three more children were born in Stockport but they must have been paying a visit back to Warwick as Benjamin was born there on 31 May 1897. In 1901, when a national census was taken, the family was living in Adswood and Thomas was earning his living as a confectioner.  By the Great War, they had moved to 34 Ladysmith Street, Shaw Heath.

Benjamin enlisted on 15 February 1916 and was assigned to the Marines. After training, he went overseas on 25 September, joining the Battalion on active service on 13 November.

The Battle of Arras had opened on 9 April 1917, but the Marines had not yet been called on to go into action. But on the 25th, they were ordered forward to take over trenches near Gavrelle and to be prepared to undertake an attack. It would have been Benjamin’s first time to “go over the top”.

The orders for the attack came on the 27th and, at 10pm, they moved forward to their jumping off positions. Sometime during the day, Benjamin and another Marine were killed, most probably by enemy shellfire.

   
           
   
     
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