BENSLEY, James

Known as: 
Brother Ben
Rank: 
Corporal
Unit/Base: 
'Royal Marine Forces Volunteer Reserve'
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Number: 
RMV 202718
Born: 
Wednesday, September 12, 1917
Died : 
Tuesday, July 24, 1956
Died in the UK
Age: 
38
James Bensley
Corporal James Bensley, a Royal Marines Reservist with the R.M.F.V.R. (Tyne), died [1] in a parachute training exercise at Poole, Dorset [2]. A former Gunner in No.1 Commando during WW2 [2], James Bensley had left the Army and was married with a child, residing at Isobella Street, Newcastle, and working as a clerk with the Ministry of Pensions [3]. A Coroner later recorded a verdict of accidental death [4].
 
Sources
[1] AFM ROH.
[2] Commando Association newsletter 24.
[3] Shields Daily News Wednesday 25 July 1956.
[4] Shields Daily News Thursday 2 August 1956.
[3] +[4] British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
 
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