King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Field, Benjamin John Morton

Private ▪ Northumberland Fusiliers

Benjamin John Morton Field, born on 1st September 1897, was admitted to King Edward’s School in September 1908. Ben, was an only child and lived with his father, a wholesale grocer, and his mother, Mary, at 176, Hill Top, West Bromwich.

Ben is barely mentioned in the School records other than one appearance in the School Lists which suggests that mathematics was not his strongest subject.

Ben enlisted as a Private Soldier in the Army Cyclist Corps in 1916, and soon afterwards moved to the Northumberland Fusiliers. After deploying to France, he was reported wounded and missing in 1917, having been taken prisoner. He died of his wounds in German hands on 30th October 1917, aged twenty. Ben is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium.