Other names: Benjamin
Locations in this story: Donhead St. Andrew, WiltshireBranksome Park, Poole, DorsetHillbourne, Poole, Dorset
Story: Benjamin Fanner was born on 12th September 1877 at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, the son of William Fanner and Sophia Fanner (née Blandford). By 1901 he had moved to Branksome Park, Poole, Dorset. It was here that he married Mary Cox in 1906. There was one son of the marriage before Mary died in 1908. Edward remarried on 25th October 1913 at Branksome Park, Poole, Dorset, to Laura Cox (Mary's sister). They went on to have four children. Edward enlisted on 20th July 1916 and joined the 1/7th (Cyclist) Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 2289). He was later attached to the 608th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 441327). He served in the UK only. He had medical problems and appeared before a medical board on 15th July 1918. It is possible he was discharged thereafter although no date can be ascertained from the records available. No medal record has been found. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Hillbrow, Hillbourne, Poole, Dorset, and was described as a smallholder. His death is recorded in Poole, Dorset, in 1962.