Leigh-Bennett, Arthur


Younger surviving son of Henry Currie Leigh-Bennett M.P., J.P., D.L. (B, 1864-1871), of Thorpe Place, Chertsey and Florence Nightingale Leigh-Bennett, daughter of Thomas Miller Mackay. He came to Winchester from Twyford School, and passing through Sandhurst was gazetted to the Coldstream Guards in 1905 with promotion to Lieutenant in January 1907, becoming an acting Captain in March 1914. This rank was confirmed on 1st January 1915.

He went to the front with the original Expeditionary Force and was awarded the M.C. for services at the Battle of the Aisne. He was twice wounded, twice mentioned in Despatches and received the D.S.O. “for conspicuous gallantry at Cuinchy on February 1st, 1915. Leading his men with great ability against the enemy. He stopped their advance and eventually captured their position”. He was killed near Vermelles on October 3rd 1915, while serving with the 2nd Battalion.There are few details of his death but it is known that he was with the commanding officer inspecting the trenches that the battalion was to take over that evening.

He was a keen polo-player and a member of the Coldstream Guards’ team.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Leigh-Bennett
  • Forenames or initials: Arthur
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1899-1902
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Coldstream Guards
  • Date of Birth: 25th November 1885
  • Date of Death: 3rd October 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B3
  • Decoration: M.C., D.S.O.
  • Burial Site: VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY: Grave I.J.17