Benjamin was the eldest child of Charles Joseph and Agnes Lavinia Cudden. He was born in Buxton Lamas 0n 6 March 1884. His father was a farm labourer. He was baptised on Good Friday 11 April 1884 in Buxton Lamas Church
Benjamin had seven brothers and sisters.
Agnes born 1886
Claudia born 1889
Sydney born 1891
Sybil born 1893
Horace born 1895
Olive born 1897
Elsie born 1900
By 1891 the family had moved to Woodfield Farm, Saxlingham Nethergate where Charles was a farmer. Benjamin was at the village school.
In 1901 Benjamin was working as a yardman on a cattle farm. He and his family were living at The Folly, near Woodhouse Farm, and his father was a farm steward.
The family moved to Itteringham near Alysham before 1911 and the men in the family were milkmen. Benjamin stayed in Saxlingham Nethergate and boarded with David and Eliza Emms on Saxlingham Green. He worked as a groom.
When he married Lillian Amelia Slapp in April 1913 he gave his occupation as gentleman’s servant and she was a hospital nurse. They were married in St. Mary’s Church, Saxlingham Nethergate. She was born 26 April 1885 and her family lived in Saxlingham Thorpe.
They had three children
Arthur N born 23 December 1913
Sybil J born 7 September 1915
Benjamin J born 26 August 1916
During the First World War Benjamin was a corporal in the Royal Army Service Corps, Service number M2/183382. Unfortunately none of his service records have survived.
He continued to live in Saxlingham Nethergate and in 1939 lived at Low Farm, Saxlingham Green with his wife and extended family.
He was a dairy farmer and his son Benjamin was a horseman assisting his father on the farm. His daughter Sybil who was married also lived there with her husband. Arthur was working as a carpenter and also lived with his wife on Saxlingham Green.
Benjamin died in December 1957 aged 73 years.
England & Wales, Birth, marriage, death index 1837-2005
UK Census Collection
British Army Medal Roll Index cards, 1914-1920
1939 Register- www.findmypast.co.uk
Norfolk Electoral Rolls-Southern Division Saxlingham Nethergate and Thorpe, (Absent Voters Lists 1918-1920)
Norfolk, Church of England Diocesan Baptismal Records.
St Mary’s Church Saxlingham Nethergate, Marriage records (transcribed by Mary Muir)
Brewer Moore Family tree www.ancestry.co.uk
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