B. J. Furniss
War dead Male
Andrew Behan has kindly carried out some research on this man:
Rifleman Benjamin John Furniss. Born on the 1st February 1879 in Marylebone, London, the son of Benjamin John and Ellen Furniss. His father was a Boot/Shoe Maker. He was baptised on the 14th September 1879 at St Luke’s Church, Marylebone and the family were living at 29 Brown Street, Marylebone. By 1891 they had moved to 44 Shouldham Street, Marylebone. By 1901 they had moved once again to 3 Edgware Place, Paddington and he was a Builders Labourer. In 1911 the family were at 15 Crompton Street, Paddington and he was a Lamp-Lighter. On the 1st August 1915 he married Nellie Edith Palmer in Marylebone and they lived at 126 Stanhope Street, Regents Park, London.. He enlisted into the Rifle Brigade on the 11th December 1915 and gave his occupation as a Post Office Sorter. On the 12th July 1916 he was mobilized and posted into the 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own), service number S/24260. He was posted Missing, Believed Killed in Action on 21st June 1917, aged 38 years and is commemorated on Panels 46-48 and 50 of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. On the 18th July 1918 his widow was awarded a pension of 13s 9d per week. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.