Born: 29 May 1891 in Weobley, Herefordshire.
Family: He was the second of five children born to William Bennion, a Primitive Methodist Minister, and his wife Kate (nee Gwillim). He had an older sister, Kathleen, and a younger brother Walter James. His twin brothers Randle and William Henry were born and died in 1894. Walter married Carrie Sylvia Pownall in Holywell, Flintshire in Quarter 3 1923. Their daughter Eira was born in Coventry, Warwickshire in Quarter 3 1926.
Residence: On the 1901 Census the family were living at 9 Cambridge Terrace, Otley, Yorkshire. In 1911 he was living as a boarder at 18 Norman Street, Bingley, Yorkshire. On the Spring 1919 Absent Voters List his address was given as 11 Edgeley Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1939 he was living at “Brentwood”, Clumber Avenue, Arnold, Nottinghamshire. At the time of his death, he was residing at the same address.
Employment: In 1911 he was a bank clerk and by 1939 he had become a bank manager.
Died: 29 September 1951 in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, aged 60.
Other information: The address of 11 Edgeley Road was the home of the incumbent Primitive Methodist Minister for Whitchurch in the 1901 and 1911 Censuses. It is presumed, therefore, that Francis’s father William Bennion was the Primitive Methodist Minister for the town in 1919.
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Rank: Acting Corporal
Service Number: 187510
Date of Enlistment: Not known
Date of Discharge: Not known
Reason for Discharge: Not known
Other Information: Walter’s brother Francis Robert Bennion was an able seaman in the Royal Navy. His number was J63210.