Other names: Benjamin George
Locations in this story: Hemyock, DevonshireDunkeswell, DevonshireFontmell Magna, Shaftesbuyr, Dorset,EgyptPalestinePoole, Dorset
Story: Benjamin George Chick was born at Hemyock, Devonshire, on 15 Dec 1896 the son of Thomas Edward Chick and Sarah Ann Chick (nee Clist). He lived his very early life in Dunkeswell, Devonshire, intil 1906 when his father came to Blandford's Farm, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, to take over the tenancy from his brother who had recently died. Benjamin enlisted on 27 May 1915 and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 1436). He served in Palestine and Egypt mainly with various signals units. He transferred to the Royal Engineers and was promoted to Corporal (Service No. A/517855). He was employed as a Motor Cyclist Dispatch Rider. He later transferred back to the Dorset Yeomanry (Service No. 230697). He was discharged on 31 Aug 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Phyllis Margherita Burden in Poole, Dorset, in 1928. By the time of the 1939 Register he was himself the tenant of Blandford's Farm, West Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, described as a Dairy Farmer. He died on 14 Sep 1968 and was buried at St. Andrew's Church, Fontmell Magna.