Research and text by Brian Roote
Benjamin Haizelden was born in Balham on 20 November 1898 to John and Elizabeth Haizelden. His father was a police inspector and they lived at 35 Abbey Road Croydon. Benjamin was admitted to Selhurst Grammar School on 13 September 1910, and left on 29 July 1915 with University of London Matriculation. On leaving he became a clerk in the Union and Smiths Bank and was transferred to the South Croydon Branch.
Benjamin attested in Croydon on 5 October 1916 into the London Regiment as a Private (regimental number 304842). He was 5’6” tall, chest 34”. He was gazetted to 2nd Lieutenant on 5 October 1916. On August 10 1917 he was sent to the front and was in heavy fighting during 1918. He was wounded during an engagement on August 28 and died from the wounds at a Casualty Clearing Station on 30 August.
He left his father £111 11s.3d. in his will.
He is buried in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension.
He is on Selhurst Grammar School Memorial (previously known as The Borough Grammar School for Boys) and Croydon Roll of Honour (as published in Croydon and the Great War, edited by Ald. H. Keatley Moore, 1920).