George Benger was born in 1838 in Portsmouth. Early details about his life come from census returns:
1841 Census Nobbs Lane, Portsmouth (age 2)
1851 Census, Mill Lane, Forton, Alverstoke (age 11) scholar
1861 Census – not found
1871 Census – not found
According to Army records he was on the Duke of Wellington between 1 January 1873 until 13 October 1873, then HMS Active On the Gold Coast from 14th November 1873 to the 5 March 1874. He was awarded a medal for his role in The Anglo-Ashanti Wars.
1891 Census, age 52, Beer Retailer, the Willow Tree, Beer House
Probate record: George Benger of the ‘Willow Tree’ beerhouse Forton-Road Gosport, Alverstoke, Hants, beerhouse keeper died 15 February 1896. Probate London 2 April to Caroline Benger widow and James Smith Contractor; sagent. Effects £42 15s 3d.