Biography of Lance Corporal Robert Benstead, (9949)
6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 9th August 1915


  • Name: Robert Benstead
  • Date of birth: 1891
  • Place of Birth: Sawtry, Huntingdonshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: January – March 1891
  • Place of Birth Registration: Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, England

  • Name: John Benstead
  • DOB: 1863
  • Place of Birth: Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Blacksmith

  • Name: Eliza Minnie Rowell
  • DOB: 1864
  • Place Of Birth: Sawtry, Huntingdonshire, England
  • Marriage: 1890 Huntingdon District
Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Robert Benstead, 1891, Sawtry
    William Henry Benstead, 1894, Stamford
    John Benstead, 1897 Stamford
    Thomas Reuben Benstead, 1899, Peterborough
    Horace Leslie Benstead, 1906, Peterborough
    Margaret May Benstead, 1908, Peterborough

  • 1901: Robert is living with his parents in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
  • 1911: Robert is living with his parents in Peterborough, Northamptonshire. The census gives him an age of 20 and he is listed as a boilermakers apprentice.
Relatives in services

  • None found

  • Name: Ethel Jeannie Blood
  • Date of birth: 1890
  • Place of Birth: Holme, Huntingdonshire, England

  • Date of Marriage: 1915
  • Place of Marriage: Peterborough District, Northamptonshire
Wife’s parents

  • Father: Eber Thomas Blood
  • Mother: Elizabeth (Unknown)
Newspaper Mentions

  • None found

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found
Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Robert Benstead, 9949, 6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 9th August 1915 in the Balkan Theatre.
Pension Records

  • None found

  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal
    The 15 Star

  • UK:
  • Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
    Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Lance Corporal Robert Benstead, 9949, 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 9 August 1915.
    Remembered with honour, Helles Memorial.

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Photo courtesy of CWGC

Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted in Grantham


  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed

  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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