April 1916

In April we remember…

Benfield, John Albert, Private (9395) of the 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry who died 18 April 1916, age 21.

Jack Benfield died of disease and is buried at the Kut War Cemetery, Iraq.

The Turkish army besieged Kut in December 1915 and all attempts to relieve the garrison failed. Conditions became steadily worse and a total of 1,025 soldiers died in action and a further 721 from disease or malnutrition. The garrisoned finally surrendered when its supplies ran out on 29 April 1916 and 12,000 British and Indian soldiers were captured, of whom about one third died in captivity.