Tag Archives: Benger

A trip to Portsmouth

A trip to Portsmouth in 2005. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to blog about these photographs. I suppose with the advent of google maps you can look up addresses in the comfort of your own home but I think it’s better to get out and about if you can.

Bath Street, Southsea

121 Bath Road, Southsea was the home of George and Eleanor Benger when they registered the birth of their daughter Viola (my paternal grandmother) in 1905.


St Augustine Road, SouthseaThey later moved to 98 St Augustine’s Road, Southsea according to the 1911 census.

St Mary's Church, PortseaSt Mary’s Church, Portsea – where George Caswell married Louisa Leigh on 15th December 1834.

Woodland Street, Milton, PortsmouthAddress of Mansel and Kate Young and their two children Alfred and Henry (my paternal grandfather) at the time of the 1901 census – 2 Woodland Cottage, Woodland St, Portsmouth.

Royal Navy record of George Benger

Service record for George Benger – ADM/188/23 Admiralty: Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services

Names in full – George Benger

Date of Birth 7 May 1838

Place of Birth St Thomas, Portsmouth

Personal Description:

  • Height 5’11”
  • Hair Dark Brown
  • Eyes Grey
  • Complexion Fair
  • Wounds, Scars, or Marks – None
  • Trade – Musician

1) Ships served in – Duke of Wellington

Ships’ Books List 2 No. 3

Rating Bandsmen

Good Conduct Badges worn 3

Period of Service 1 Jan 1873 to 13 Oct 1873

Character V Good


2) Ships served in – Active

Ships’ Books List 5 No. 224

Rating Bandsmen

Good Conduct Badges worn 3

Period of Service 14 Oct 1873 to 14 Oct 1874

Character V Good


If Discharged. Whither and for what cause –

CS Martin. pass to England – Invalided

To do – find out more about Good Conduct badges and records and see if I can find a record of his injury.

Wedding Wednesday – Benger/Young 1929

This way I’m joining up with Wedding Wednesday again. I’ve chosen a black and white photograph of my grandparents on their wedding day, 14th September 1929 at the Parish Church, Elson, Gosport.

benger young wedding

My grandmother kept a few souvenirs from her wedding day including  the parish newsletter, a silver shoe (perhaps from her bouquet or wedding cake) and a little card with their initials on.

Benger, George 1838-1896

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.

1881 Census, age 42, Retailer of Ale Beer and Porter, living at The Willow Tree, Alverstoke, Hampshire

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.