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Benton, Ronald Mackenzie

Ronald Mackenzie Benton, 2nd Lieutenant Indian Infantry was killed in the Persian Gulf on 7 June. Only son of Sir John Benton and Lady Benton of Westcroft, Silverdale Road, Eastbourne and was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh and Kings College London. Entered Sandhurst as a Kings Indian Cadet in the autumn of 1913 and was gazetted to the Indian Army and attached to the Durham Light Infantry on the declaration of war. He went to France with a draft in March 1915 but was invalided home in May. Rejoining in July he sailed for India early in October and in April 1916 he went in command of a large draft to the Persian Gulf. He was 21 years of age. The Times 13 June1916

Biographical

Surname(s)Benton
First name(s)Ronald Mackenzie
Family detailsSon of Sir John Benton KCIE & Lady Margaret Benton (nee Forsyth daughter of Provost Dick of Rothes) of 49 Silverton Road Eastbourne, Sussex.
Previous educationCargifield Prep School, Scotland; Fettes College, Edinburgh
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseFaculty of Arts
Military unitDurham Light Infantry 53rd Sikhs (Frontier Force)
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death07 June 1916
Age at death21
Rank at deathSecond Lieutenant
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeAmara War Cemetery
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; Cargifield Prep School, Scotland
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Soldiers Died in the Great War; The Times

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