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1545 Trooper W. N. Benge, 2nd Life Guards 4 months 2 weeks ago #84296

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He was Walter Norton Benge, of East Sussex, and was interred in Wadhurst churchyard, East Sussex, having died at Hellingly, near Hailsham, on the 10th November 1939.

"in delicate health" was a euphemism for being pregnant.

....THE QUEEN AND A SOLDIER'S FAMILY.—Queen Alexandra has taken a kindly interest in and shown practical sympathy with the family of ex-Trooper Benge, 2nd Life Guards, who met with an accident while in South Africa which affected his brain. The consequent injury, it is feared, may prove permanent. On June 26th Benge presented himself at Buckingham Palace, and behaved in such a manner that he was placed under control and admitted to Hanwell Asylum, where he is now an inmate. He had a wife and two children, whose case was especially sad, in view of the fact that the mother was in delicate health, and the worry of her husband's condition was the more acutely felt in consequence. This was made known to the Queen, who promptly gave Mrs. Benge a nomination for the General Lying-in Hospital, Lambeth, and her third child is now a month old.Following this practical sympathy, her Majesty inquired about the future prospects of the family, and ascertaining that the Strand Board of Guardians could claim a portion of Benge's pension in part-payment of his maintenance in the asylum, caused representations to be made to the Guardians to forego their claim on the pension, in order that the wife and children might have the full benefit of it. The Guardians have given the Queen great satisfaction by complying with the request.
The Chorley Guardian, Saturday 20th September 1902

The above was a syndicated article, which appeared in many local newspaper around Britain,

Find a Grave has a great photo of him in his Life Guards' uniform. www.findagrave.com/memorial/140160204/william-norton-benge


This may have no connection with Trooper Benge -
www.thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/sites/asyl...nty-asylum-hellingly
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