WW1 Alumni

Winslow, BH

Benjamin Harmer Winslow

Benjamin Harmer Winslow

2nd Lieutenant, London Regiment (City of London Rifles)

Benjamin Harmer Winslow was a student at Alleyn’s until 1899 and lived with his wife, Alice Dorothy Winslow, at 269 Croxted Road, West Dulwich. He joined the war effort in September 1914 after being granted a commission in the London Regiment (City of London Rifles) and served as a 2nd Lieutenant after completing his officer training. His brother, Nathaniel, was living abroad in Canada at this time but also decided to join the war effort as part of the Canadian Infantry. Both brothers served overseas on the Western Front and saw action in France and Flanders during the war. In September 1915, Benjamin took part in the Battle of Loos which saw the first use of poison gas by the British Army. During this battle, he was wounded in action but he later made a full recovery from his injuries and rejoined his regiment at the front in 1916. Benjamin continued to serve in France in 1917 and in November he took part in the major British Offensive at Cambrai. Unfortunately, it was during this operation that he was killed in action on November 30th 1917. His brother, Nathaniel, had also been killed in action earlier in the year. Benjamin is buried at Cambrai, Louveral.