Benjamin Kitchingman was born on 18 April 1886 in Warrington. He was baptised at Daresbury on 16 May that year. His parents were James and Lucy. At first, the family lived in Hatton, but had moved to Milner’s Cottages, Moore by the time Benjamin was a teenager. He had four siblings – Louisa b1889, Arthur b1890, Clara b1892 and Ethel b1923.
Benjamin married Annie E Hill in 1914 and I presume that they lived in Moore as his name appears on the Daresbury Roll of Honour.
His early employment was as an under gardener, but by the 1911 census, he was a plate layer on the railway. As with many men who worked on the railways, Benjamin joined the Royal Engineers, service number 290360 and WR/275191 (his name appears as Kitchingham not Kitchingman). Nothing more is known of his war service.
Benjamin and Annie had three children, Ronald b1916, Reginald b1917 and Edgar b1923. The 1939 register records them living at 125 St Mary Street and Benjamin was a lengthman on the permanent way ie he worked for the railway, maintaining the track.
Benjamin died in 1950, aged 64 years.