Benjamin Baxter was born in 1886 in Idle the son of Edwin and Sarah, nee Hutton.By 1891 Edwin and Sarah and their eight children were living at 1 Back Lane and by 1901 the family had moved to 31 High Street, Idle and another child had been born. Benjamin at 14 years of age was working as a factory hand in worsted. Sarah died in 1908 aged 59 years.On the 23rd December 1911 at Holy Trinity Church, Idle Benjamin married Annie Smith 22 years of age and living at 28 Highdale View,
Idle. Benjamin was 24 years of age, a labourer and living at 4 High Street Place, Idle. A child, Jack, was born in 1914.Benjamin enlisted on the 10th of August 1916 as Gunner 23563 in the 9th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington (West Riding Regiment) which came under the 17th (Northern) Division.His regiment took part at Arras in the 1st and 2nd battles of the Scarpe in April 1917 and Benjamin was reported missing on the 25th of April, death presumed.
His mother appealed through the Bradford Daily Telegraph for any information concerning him but there were no details forthcoming. He was 31 years of age.Benjamin is remembered on the Arras Memorial which records the names of the men who fell in the Battles of Arras from the spring of 1916 until 7th August 1918 and who have no known grave.He left his effects to his widow Annie who received £2.11.10d on the 13th April 1918 and a War Gratuity of £3.0.0d on the 22nd November 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks.