No. 18966, Private, Benjamin BULLMAN
2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Benjamin Bullman was born in 1890 in Kenny Hill (Mildenhall Q1-1890 4A:769), son of Charles and Anna Maria BULLMAN (née DORKINS).
1891 censusAged 1, he was at Block Farm, Fordham with his grandfather Henry DORKINS  farm steward born Wicken; his grandmother Eliza  born Wicken; his mother Anna M. BULLMAN, born Wicken. His father Charles BULLMAN  a mole catcher, was at Stock Corner, Kenny Hill with Charles H  farm labourer and Martha  both born in Wicken; Nora  Thomas  and Ezra  born in Mildenhall.
1901 census...Aged 11 he was at Kenny Hill with his parents; brothers Charles (mole catcher), Ezra (farm servant); sisters Margaret , Esther  and Kathleen . These sisters were all born in Mildenhall (Kenny Hill)
1911 census...Aged 21, a farm labourer, single, he was at Stretham with his brother Charles Henry (molecatcher), sister in law, Mildenhall born, Sarah and their children, William Charles  and Horace Benjamin [5 months]. His parents were still in Kenny Hill with his sister Kathleen and grandmother Eliza Dawkins.
Benjamin enlisted in Cambridge.|
From Lt Col Murphy's "History of the Suffolk Regiment we learn:-
After a fortnight's rest at Mericourt the battalion moved up to to line south west of Trones Wood, near Malz Horn Farm. Trenches too narrow to move in or pass along, the only communications trench to the rear used by two brigades and the French 418th Regiment..They were ordered to carry out an attack on the 16th in co-operation with the French. Zero hour was fixed to the unusual time of 5:30 pm. After a heavy bombardment the battalion moved forward on the heels of the barrage....On the right the attack was successful, some 250 yards of Cochrane Alley, together with a party of men from the German 124th Regiment being captured. ; but on the left it was brought to a standstill by heavy machine gun fire, and at night the battalion withdrew to its original line.
The effort had cost the battalion 38 killed, of which only 7 have identified graves.
He fell with Arthur Brown of Mildenhall but was never found... see here
and on the war memorial at Kenny Hill
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