Benbow Battalion 1915

 

In Memory to the sailors who served in the

“Benbow Battalion” 1914 to 1915

During the Gallipoli Campaign, there were nine sailors KIA /DOW prior to the Benbow disbandment on 12th June1915

 

“Our Life is but a Vapour”



Surname

 

 

 

 

Nichol WA

Tyneside Z/3100 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow D/199

26/10/17 Wounded. Shrapnel wound left arm.

21/08/18 Wounded. Gunshot wound right shoulder.

Dec 1920 Died after discharge.

 

Noble J

Clyde Z/2293 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow A/235

31/12/17 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

 

North JW (Military Medal)

Kitchener W/284 (ex 17655) ~ Howe late Kings Own Yorkshire L I & 2nd Benbow C/22

23/04/17 KIA

Arras Memorial, France

 

Oldfield John Rowdow Hodge

Colonel 2nd Benbow late Royal Marine Infantry

Commanded The Benbow Battalion of the 1st Brigade

13th Jan 1915 to 5th June 1915

(See London Gazette 19th Jan 1915, Page 603)

5th June 1915 Wounded. Bullet wound to knee?

Demob/Invalided?

 

Paine Charles WS

Captain ~ RMLI Hood late Benbow

12th July 1915 KIA
Age 38

Redoubt Cemetery Helles, Gallipoli.

(Lived in Bamfield, Medstead, Hants)

 

Parker GW

London Z/744 ~ 2nd Benbow B/200

5th June 1915 KIA

Age 25 Born 1890

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

(Lived at 95 Dalston Rd, Hackney, London)

 

Parker J

Mersey Z/335 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow A/75

13th July 1915 KIA

Age 19

Lived at New Hall Lane, Preston, Lancs

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

Preston Memorial
 

Parkin GW

London Z/1303 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/100

17/07/15 KIA

Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli

 

Patrick G

Clyde Z/721 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow D/98

13/11/16 KIA

Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France

 

Patterson HJ

Temp Sub Lt (ex London Z/1190) Anson late 2nd Benbow

31/12/14 Re enlisted.

20/02/19 Demob.

 

Pearce C

Tyneside Z/396 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow B/95

07/07/15 Died of wounds.

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

 

Pearce JF

London Z/610 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow

13th July 1915 Wounded?

 

Pearmain C

London Z/1281 ~ HMS “Vivid” late Anson & 2nd Benbow D/263

27/01/18 Invalided to UK

22/12/18 Died.

Plymouth, Western Mill Cemetery, Devon, UK

(HMS “Vivid II” An accounting Barracks at Devonport, now known as HMS “Drake”)

 

Peel S

Tyneside Z/3365 ~ Nelson attached to 189th Brigade LT Mortar Battery late 2nd Benbow AR/104 from 1st Reserve.

13/11/16 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

 

Peg JW

Tyneside Z/435 ~ Hood late Benbow?

04/06/15 Wounded. Bullet wound left thumb. (Was he wounded in Benbow Battalion 4th June?)

Demob/Invalided?

(Brother of Tyneside Z/412)

 

Peg JR

Tyneside Z/412 ~ Hood late 2nd Benbow B/101

30/10/18 Demob?

 

Penley Frederick

London 8/3555 ~ 1st Benbow (Antwerp 19140)

Interned Holland
Born 1884

Employment ~ Actor

Enlisted ~ 10/08/14 (had previous naval experience?)

Repatriated ~ 05/12/18 (RND list no 10332)

 

Penney J

London Z/558 ~ Hood ‘C’ Coy late 2nd Benbow B/14

16/08/16 KIA.Mortar fragment in neck.

Bois-de-Noulette British Cemetery, Aix-Noulette, France

 

Penry AO

Bristol Z/319 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/103

19/08/15 KIA

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

(Albert buried near Howe Battalion HQ ‘B’ trench)

 

Petricher JO

Clyde Z/1523 ~ Nelson ‘D’ Coy late 2nd Benbow B/125

13th July 1915 KIA

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

 

Phillips WGE

London 1/3557 ~ 1st Benbow C/577 (Antwerp 1914)

09/10/14 POW

24/12/14 Died. Pleurisy

Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany

 

Philp FJ (Military Cross)

Temp Sub Lt (ex London Z/1175) ~ Drake late 2nd Benbow A/101

21/08/18 Wounded. Gunshot wound buttocks.

22/08/18 Died of wounds.

Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, France

 

Pidsley HG

Temp 2nd Lt (ex London Z/1276) ~ 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade late Anson & 2nd Benbow D/91

21/05/17 Died of wounds.

St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France

 

Pollard B (Distinguished Conduct Medal)

Kitchener W/149? ~ Anson late Benbow?

13th July 1915 Wounded. Shrapnel wound wrist.

28/09/18 Wounded. Gunshot wound right arm.

23/11/18 Discharged (invalided?)

 

Powell TW

Bristol Z/298 ~ 2nd Benbow

05/02/15 Died. Cerebro Spinal Meningitis.

Gorseinon, Brynteg Congregational Chapel, Wales 

 

Ramsay C

Clyde Z/1605 ~ Drake ‘D’ Coy late 2nd Benbow A/164

13/11/16 KIA

Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France

 

Ramsey FB

Temp Sub Lt (ex London Z/2) Hood late 2nd Benbow ‘A’ Coy Chief PO

20/07/15 KIA

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

(James RJ Hart ~ London Z/608, saved a newspaper cutting that has a picture of Lt Ramsey, the youngest son of Mr AW Ramsey of Belsize Square, Hampstead.[sic] James has added ‘In the memory of my first Chief PO late of Benbow Battalion’ RNVR London). Belsize Square is in Camden NW3.

 

Redford EV

London Z/186 ~ Drake ‘B’ Coy late 2nd Benbow A/14

09/01/18 Died, Pneumonia.

Fulham Old Cemetery, London 

 

Reid A

Clyde Z/903 ~ Howe (Hawke CWGC?) late 2nd Benbow C/169

12/06/15 Transferred from Benbow to Howe Battalion

03/08/15 KIA

Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli

 

Reynolds G

Clyde Z/1851 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow D/190

20/06/15 Wounded. Bullet wound face.

17/02/17 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

 

Richards T

Bristol Z/171 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/52

13/11/16 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

 

Ridge EM

Sub Lt ~ 1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914)

08/10/14 KIA

Cantincrode (Krijgsbaan) Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium & Nieuport Memorial

 

Ritchie James

Clyde Z/1774 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow C/215

20/02/17 Wounded. Shrapnel wound right foot & thigh.

26/10/17 KIA

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

 

Ritchie John

Clyde Z/780 ~ 2nd Reserve late Howe & 2nd Benbow C/161

09/10/15 Died, Diphtheria.

Buckie New Cemetery, Banffshire Scotland

 

Robertson D

Clyde/2415 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow B/246

29/08/16 Wounded. Shrapnel wound left thigh & right buttock.

26/10/17 KIA

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

 

Roche WH

Temp Sub Lt ~ 2nd Benbow

19/02/15 Died. Cerebro Spinal Meningitis.

 Died in the UK (Benbow Battalion were stationed at Blandford Camp, during Feb 1915)

 

Roos Harold

Lt ~ 7th Battalion Royal Sussex, late L1/3299 A.B 1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914)

03/10/1916 Wounded in the "Factory" trench near Gueudecourt on the Somme

Discharged 20/01/19

 

Ross GW

Temp Lt (ex London 1/3257) ~ Howe late 1st Benbow B/19/364 (Antwerp 1914?)

04/08/14 Enlisted.

22/08/14 Joined Benbow Battalion.

22/02/15 Joined Howe Battalion.

04/06/15 KIA

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

(George’s name is inscribed on the “War Memorial” outside the “Anchor Inn” in South Benfleet, Essex.)

  

Rowen AH

 (Rowan ~ CWGC)

Mersey Z/293 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow B/71

13/11/16 KIA

Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France

  

Rowland AJ

London Z/936 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/131

01/09/15 KIA

Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli

Russel JG (Military Cross)

Temp Sub Lt (ex London Z/934) ~ Anson late Howe & 2nd Benbow C/118

26/10/17 KIA

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

 

Ryan JA

London Z/1048 ~ Drake late 2nd Benbow A/199

18/09/15 Died, Enteric Fever. (Typhoid Fever)

Portianos Military Cemetery, West Mudros, Lemnos, Greece

 

Saltern GF

London Z/128 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow A/240

13th July 1915 Wounded. Shrapnel wound head.

23/04/17 KIA

Arras Memorial, France

 

Sands D

Clyde Z/1631 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/236

20/10/15 Wounded. Gunshot wound right eye.

26/10/17 KIA

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

 

Sayers AG

London Z/996 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/84

14/07/15 Wounded. Gunshot wound right knee.

13/11/16 Wounded. Gunshot wound right leg & left arm.

17/11/16 Died of wounds.

Etaples Military Cemetery, France

 

Schofield A

Private 3730 (ex Tyneside Z/376) ~ 1/7th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

 late 2nd Benbow B/114

15/09/16 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, Belgium

 

Scott WH

Private12/1929 (ex Kitchener W/227 & Private 12613) 8th & 12th Battalion, York & Lancaster.(Sheffield City Battalion) late 1st BenbowE/9/916 & Kings Own L I.

01/07/16 KIA

Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuile & Aveluy, France   

 

Searle Charles Jason

PO 1155640 ~ 1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914?)

 

Seeds LJ

London 1/3600 ~ 1st Benbow C/21/584 (Antwerp 1914)

09/10/14 POW Antwerp.

04/12/18 Repatriated.

16/02//19 Demob.

20th Dec 1920 Died after demob.

 

Severn W

Kitchener W/111 (ex 12674) ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow D/203 & King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

26/10/17 KIA

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

 

Sharp JM

Clyde Z/1258 ~ Hood late 2nd Benbow B/31

13/11/16 KIA near Beaucourt Village.

Tincourt New British Cemetery, France

 

Sheehan Daniel

Bristol Z/152 ~ Hood late 2nd Benbow

1919 Demob?

(Brother of Thomas Sheehan ~ Bristol Z/151)

 

Sheehan Thomas

Dev/K/34209 (ex Bristol Z/151) ~ HMS “Vivid II” late Hood & 2nd Benbow B/211

25/04/18 Died. Addison’s disease (hormonal disorder)

Swansea, Danygraig Cemetery, Wales 168

(HMS “Vivid II” An accounting Barracks at Devonport, now known as HMS “Drake”)

 

Shelley W

Clyde Z/1736 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow D/231

08/12/15 Frostbite hands & feet (Gallipoli, See page 158 The Royal Naval Division by D Jerrold)

13/11/16 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

 

Sides A

Tyneside Z/1531 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow B/134

23/04/17 Wounded. Shrapnel wound right buttock.

15/09/17 Died of wounds. (Septicaemia)

Dearham Church, Maryport, Cumberland & Westmoreland, UK

 

Silverton EW (Military Medal)

London Z/993 ~ Drake late 2nd Benbow A/88

07/05/17 Died of wounds.

Ste Catherine British Cemetery, Arras, France

 

Sim P

Clyde Z/2277 ~ Drake late 2nd Benbow A/192

13/11/16 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

(Peter’s brother John Sim Clyde Z/610 ~ Drake Battalion KIA 08/05/15)

 

Simmonds RKD

Tyneside Z/3090 ~ Drake late 2nd Benbow A/92

14/07/15 Died of wounds. Gunshot wound chest.

Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli

 

Sims EV

London Z/646 ~ Drake late 2nd Benbow A/41

15/07/15 KIA

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

(Edward lived at Eastwood Lane, Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex)

 

Sinclair WG

Clyde Z/1628 ~ Nelson (attached to 2nd Brigade Light Trench Mortar) late 2nd Benbow ‘A’ Coy.

21/07/16 Demobilised to Harland & Wolff Ltd. for Munitions Service. (Fabrication Driller) 

17/09/17 Died (Drowned at Harland & Wolff Ltd. Shipyard, Govan, Glasgow)

 

Singleton J

Clyde Z/1408 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow B/35

28/04/17 KIA

Arras Memorial, France

 

Smith Edward H

Sub Lt (ex London 5/3353) ~ Nelson late 1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914 not interned)

1919 Demob? (See “Nelson at War” page 223)

 

Smith FL

London Z/449 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow D/168

10/12/15 Died. Enteric Fever (Typhoid Fever)

Chatby War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt

 

Smith J (Mentioned in Dispatches)

Tyneside Z/53 ~ Hood late 2nd Benbow B/6

17/02/19 Demob.

 

Smith L

London Z/698 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow B/61

13/11/16 KIA

Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France

(Leonard lived at, 37 Mill Lane, Grays, West Thurrock, Essex)

 

South H

1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914) Interned Holland Oct 1914

 

Southin CA (Military Cross)

2nd Lt (ex London 1/2925) ~ 21st County of London Battalion, London Regiment, 1st Surrey Rifles (attached to RFC) late 1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914)

08/10/14 Interned in Holland.

16/06/15? Escaped from Holland.

15/02/18 Killed flying a BE2E (Home Defence Fighter & Trainer nicknamed the ‘Quirk’)

Enfield, Lavender Hill Cemetery, Middlesex, UK

 

Southwell F

Army 201581 (ex Kitchener W/131) ~ 2/4th York & Lancs. late Nelson & Benbow? E/5/883

03/05/17 KIA

Arras Memorial, France

 

Spark RK

Clyde Z/1541 ~ Drake late Nelson, Anson & 2nd Benbow D/80

3rd June 1915 Wounded. Bullet wound neck.

04/02/17 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

 

Sparks HEA (Mentioned in Dispatches)

Temp Lt (ex London 1/2215) HMS “President” late Drake, “HMS Digby” &

1st Benbow B3/219 (Antwerp 1914?)

04/02/17 Wounded. Bomb wound left buttock & thigh.

28/09/18 Accidentally drowned during a wildfowling shoot.

Bandon Hill Cemetery, Beddington, Surrey, UK

 

Spear CL

Mersey Z/319 ~ Drake late 2nd Benbow ‘A’ Coy

13/11/16 Wounded. Shrapnel wound right hand.

24/12/17 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

 

Spencer P H

L7/3305 ~ 1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914)

09/10/14? Interned in Holland

1918 Repatriated?

1919 Demob?

 

Stacey H (Military Medal)

Kitchener W/275 (ex 14943 Private) ~ 63rd MG Battalion late Howe, 2nd Benbow &

Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

24/04/17 Gunshot wound jaw.

07/11/18 Died of wounds received on the same date?

Auberchicourt British Cemetery, France.

 

Stafford Douglas

London Z/808~ Drake late Nelson & 2nd Benbow ‘A’ Coy

Enlisted 11/11/14 (a Gardener)

02/09/15 Pyrexia/Diarrhoea transferred to Alexandria Egypt & invalided to UK.

04/02/18 Joined Drake Battalion.

14/03/18 Gassed

17/12/1895 DOB

04/01/19 Demob.
31/08/73 Died and buried in Lipsfield, Surrey.

(Douglas lived at Hayes Cottage, Limpsfield, Surrey & was a chum of James RJ Hart ~ London Z/ 608
Contact made with his son John Stafford in August 2009)

 

Stammers PF

London Z/611 ~ Howe late Nelson & 2nd Benbow A/127

21/06/15 Wounded. Bullet wound scalp.

06/09/15 Invalided to UK after contacting Typhoid Fever.

17/02//17 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

(Percy was a Lewis Gunner in Howe Battalion)

 

Staniforth S

Kitchener W/961 ~ 1st Benbow E/8/908 (Antwerp 1914)

09/10/14 Interned in Holland.

10/08/17 Repatriated (Insane)

28/12/1939 Died in the Royal Naval Hospital, Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth Cemetery, East Caister, Norfolk, UK.

 

Steadman JR

Tyneside Z/2735 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/226

30/12/17 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

(John enlisted, 04/01/15 & was underage at 16. DOB 27/04/1898)

 

Stephen C

Clyde Z/1239 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow A/169

19/06/15 KIA

Age 19

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

 

Stephen C

Clyde Z/ 1786 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/217

20/08/15 Died of wounds. Gunshot wound, thigh & arm.

Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli

 

Stephens WJ

Mersey Z/234 ~ Hood late Howe & 2nd Benbow

26/10/17 KIA

Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium

 

Sterling A

Clyde Z/1746 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow

05/07/15 KIA

Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli

 

Stevenson J

Clyde Z/1504 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow D/177

03/12/15 Frostbite, Gallipoli

13/11/16 KIA

Age 26

Thiepval Memorial, France

(John was sentenced to ‘No 1 Field Punishment twice’)

 

Stewart R (Military Medal)

Clyde Z/1082 ~ Hood late 2nd Benbow ‘B’ Coy

13/11/16 Wounded. Gunshot wound left shoulder.

24/03/18 KIA

Arras Memorial, France

 

Stokoe G or J

Tyneside 1/165 ~ 1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914 ~ POW Germany)

Demob?

 

Strachan W

Clyde Z/784 ~ Howe A/809 late 2nd Benbow C/158

13/11/16 KIA

Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France

 

Strang GN

Temp Sub Lt (ex London1/3268) ~ Howe late 1st Benbow C/19/560 (Antwerp1914)

13/11/16 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

 

Strang W

Clyde Z/2098 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow B/165

13th July 1915 KIA

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

 

Straughan RW

Tyneside Z/348 ~ 63rd MG Battalion, late Drake ‘C’ Coy & 2nd Benbow.

23/04/17 Wounded. Shell bruises, right side & left eye.

01/09/18 KIA

Wancourt British Cemetery, France

 

Sutton J

London Z/1270 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow

13th July 1915 Wounded.

Demob.1919?

 

Swan T

Tyneside Z/761 ~ Hawke late Nelson & 2nd Benbow ‘B’ Coy

21/03/18 KIA

Arras Memorial, France

 

Tait J

B/3468 ~ 1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914)

09/10/14 Interned in Holland.

30/01/8 Died at home in the Shetlands from a Cerebral Haemorrhage.

Aith Old Cemetery, Shetland, Scotland

 

Tanner W

Bristol Z/320 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/104

29/08/16 Wounded. Gun shot wound buttock & left foot.

01/09/16 Died of wounds.

Barlin, Communal Cemetery Extension, France

 

Taylor AP (Military Cross)

Sub Lt (ex London 7/3339) ~ RAF (RNAS) late Nelson & 1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914)

Oct 1914 interned in   Holland

May 1915 escaped from internment.

191? Transferred to RNAS

1918? POW

1918? Escaped from German POW camp and awarded the MC

1919 Demob? (See “Nelson at War” page 219 & 224)

 

Taylor SD

London 10/3608 ~ 1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914)

10/10/14 ~ Wounded. Bayonet & bullet wound in back.

1919 Demob?

 

Ternent JW

Tyneside Z/1787 ~ Nelson ‘D’ Coy 15th Platoon late 2nd Benbow B/138

13th July 1915 KIA

Age 20

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

 

Thomas A

Bristol Z/47 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow ‘A’ Coy  

1919 Demob?

(See service record for Watts WL ~ London Z/68)

 

Thompson HH

London Z/495 CPO ~ 2nd Benbow D/8

3rd June 1915 Wounded. Gun shot wound chest & finger.

22/07/15 Discharged (invalided due to heart disease.)

20/02/19 Died after discharge.

 

Thomson J

Clyde Z/1654 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/223

17/08/15 KIA

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

(Buried near Howe Battalion HQ “B” Trench) 

 

Thomson W

Mersey Z/331 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow A/74

13/11/16 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

 

Thornley WH (Military Cross)

Temp 2nd Lt (ex London Z/218) ~ 6th Battalion East Kent Regiment late Drake ‘D’ Coy & 2nd Benbow A/199

24/10/18 KIA

Bruille-St.Amand Churchyard, Nord, France

 

Tossell WH

Bristol Z/338 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/115

17/02/17 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

 

Townsend FC

London Z/1295 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/137

12/11/16 KIA by shellfire

Thiepval Memorial, France

 

Tribe CC

London Z/1292 ~ Drake late Howe & 2nd Benbow C/256

04/02/17 Wounded. Gunshot wound right wrist.

28/05/18 KIA

Mesnil Communal Cemetery Extension, France 

 

Trotter R

Tyneside Z/275 ~ Howe late Nelson & 2nd Benbow A/203

13th July 1915 Injured, sprained back.

30/12/17 Wounded. Gunshot wound both legs, left leg amputated at thigh.

21/01/18 Died of wounds.

St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France

 

Trounce Frank

Temp 2nd Lt (ex London Z/777) ~ 11th Battalion Finsbury Rifles late Anson &

2nd Benbow D/205 (Machine Gun Section)

13/11/16 Wounded. Gunshot wound left hand.

04/09/18 KIA (11/09/18? Moislans Wood NW of Peronne)

Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, France

 

Turner GF (Military Medal)

London Z/767 ~ Drake ‘D’ Coy late 2nd Benbow A/62

5th June 1915 Wounded.

07/08/15 Transferred to Drake.

19/08/16 Wounded. Shrapnel wound right forearm.

30/12/17 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France 

 

Underwood JJ

Tyneside Z/1540 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow

19/08/15 Died. Enteric (Typhoid Fever.)

Chatby War Memorial Cemetery, Chatby, Egypt

 

Uzell CW

234692 A.B. (CH. B. 13908) ~ 1st Benbow Antwerp 1914)

Interned Holland ~ Oct 1914

Born 12/11/1889

Lived at 3 Hope Cottages, West Wickham, Bromley Common

 

Vigar AT

CH/SS/100877(RFR/B/5891) ~ 1st Benbow A/100 (Antwerp 1914)

09/10/14 Interned Holland.

29/09/16 Died. Militaris Tuberculosis.

Groningen Southern Cemetery, Holland 

 

Vizard AHT

London Z/32 ~ Drake late 2nd Benbow A/239

15/06/15 KIA buried behind Drake Regimental Aid Post

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

 

Vokins GC

Sub Lt (ex London Z/654) ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow ‘A’ Coy A/42 & 1st Battalion A/303.   

13/07/15? Wounded. Gunshot wound both thighs, (severe) Hospital Ship “Orsova” to UK

(Lived at 22, Hillfield Ave., Hornsey [Haringey] London N8. During the Nelson attack on the 13th July 1915 Guy Vokins reported that he saw Henry J ~ London Z/631 late 2nd Benbow ‘A’ Coy, had been very badly wounded just past the third trench line.)

 

Walker James L

Clyde Z/1805 ~ Hawke late Howe & 2nd Benbow C/220

15/03/18 Gassed.

07/11/18 Died of wounds. Gunshot wound chest & left arm

Saultain Communal Cemetery France

 

Walker James Morris

Clyde Z/1729 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/201

14/07/15 Wounded. Shrapnel wound right knee.

13/11/16 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

 

Wallace J

Clyde Z/3003 ~ 2nd Benbow late 1St Reserve Battalion.

5th June 1915 Died of wounds. Bullet wound head.

Age 20

Skew Bridge Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli   

(James RJ Hart London Z/608 wrote that he was in a burial party for a young sailor from Benbow ‘A’ Coy who had been shot in the head. Also see York G ~ Clyde Z/2006)

 

Walsh J

Tyneside Z/349 ~ 2nd Benbow A/202

4th June 1915 Wounded. Bullet wound chest.

03/07/15 Died of wounds.

Age 30

Malta Naval Cemetery, Malta

 

Walters AJ

Bristol Z/172 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/57

27/06/15 Died of wounds aboard Hospital Ship “Somali”. Gunshot wound to head.

Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli

 

Ward BC

A/4760 ~ 1st Benbow C/445 (Antwerp 1914)

09/10/14 POW Antwerp

28/02/19 Discharged invalided. Spine injury.

20/09/1920 Died after discharge.

Loud, St John Church Yard, Suffolk, UK

 

Ward F

Clyde Z/? ~ 2nd Benbow?

3rd June 1915 Wounded.

Lived in Clydebank Scotland?

 

Wardrop JR

Clyde Z/1629 ~ Drake attached to189th Brigade late Howe & 2nd Benbow C/230

26/04/17 Wounded. Shrapnel wound nose & right leg.

10/09/17 Wounded?

25/03/18 KIA

Arras Memorial, France

 

WATTS Arthur Egertonhn

Sub LT (Ex London Z97) Collingwood 'D coy' Late 2nd Benbow

04/06/15 Bullet wound to leg.

14/06/15 Leg amputated due to gangrene

(Arthurs Brother LT Watts JC Ex London Z67)

 

Watts John C

Lt. (ex London Z/67) ~ Nelson late Hood, Collingwood & 2nd Benbow

Sept 1914 Enlisted.

1919 Demob? (See ‘Nelson at War’ page 162 & 226) 

 

Watts William L

London Z/68 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow A/11 (Benbow Battalion Bugler)

13th July 1915 KIA

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

(The family of James RJ Hart London Z/608 have always believed that William was the sailor killed by an explosive bullet wound to the stomach) See image of news paper cutting of William Watts in James Hart story “Benbow 1915”

 

Wauchope GW

Temp Sub Lt (ex London Z/455) ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow D/4

13/11/16 KIA

Thiepval Memorial, France

 

Webb Wilfred F

Lt ~ Nelson late Hood & 2nd Benbow

1919 Demob? (See “Nelson at War” page 223)

 

Wellington SN

London Z/714 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow B/63

13th July 1915 KIA

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

(Stephen lived at Uplands Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.)

 

West ET

London Z/644 ~ SS “Whorlton”/ HMS “President III” late Drake & 2nd Benbow A/40

11/01/18 Lost at sea.

Chatham Memorial, UK

(Edward lived at 81 Arthingworth St, West Ham, London. “HMS Whorlton” an armed Merchant Ship was torpedoed & sunk 1918)

 

Wheeler CB (Military Medal, Distinguished Conduct Medal & Military Cross)

2nd Lt Army no 82773 (ex Clyde Z/2224 PO) ~ Royal Ordnance Corps 1942, late Nelson &

2nd Benbow B/183

13th July 1915 Wounded. Bullet wound feet

24/04/17 Wounded.

19/06/19 Demob.

14/02/1942 KIA in the “Defence of Singapore”

Singapore Civil Hospital Grave Memorial, Column 7

(Colin’s service record is well worth reading. His service number in the Naval & Military Press 2006 is recorded as 82733? also see Page 134 & 222 ‘Nelson at War’)

 

White J

Tyneside Z/403 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow B/97

5th June 1915 Wounded. Gunshot wound right side.

26/10/17 Wounded. Gunshot wound left thigh.

21/08/18 KIA

Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France  

 

White T

Temp. Sub Lt (ex Mersey Z/30 PO) ~ Nelson late Anson & 2nd Benbow A/241

28/12/17 KIA. Killed by shell fire at Highland Ridge (See ‘Nelson at War’ page 189)

Fifteen Ravine, British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, France

 

Wilkinson LW

Tyneside Z/297 ~ Drake late 2nd Benbow A/127

09/01/16 Accidentally killed.

Portianos Military Cemetery, West Mudros, Lemnos, Greece

 

Wilkinson John Robert

Tyneside Z/1144 ~ Hood late Collingwood & 2nd Benbow

04/02/15 Transferred from 2nd Benbow to Collingwood

08/06/15 Transferred to Hood.

23/04/18 POW Munster Germany.

10/03/19 Demob

(Cousin of Wilkinson JW TZ/456)

 

Wilkinson JW

Tyneside Z/456 ~ Hood late 2nd Benbow B/112

13/11/16 KIA

Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France

 

Williams RJ

B2/1330 1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914) Interned Holland 1914

16th to 26th June 1915 escaped with King FWN & Wooley G

 

Williamson David

Medical Officer ~ Drake late 1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914)

0ct 1914 Interned in Holland.

1919 Demob?

 

Willmott HA

 Bristol Z/332 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow D/78

13/11/16 KIA

Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France

 

Wilson Edward (Military Medal with Bar)

Tyneside Z/331 ~ Drake late 2nd Benbow A/110 (Crystal Palace 4th Battalion B/87)  

19/12/15 Wounded. Gallipoli

13/11/16 Wounded. Gunshot wound right thigh

23/12/16 Awarded Military Medal

08/10/18 Wounded. Gunshot wound left arm

23/10/19 Awarded Bar to Military Medal

02/02/19 Demob.

DOB 12/09/1893

Civil Employment, Butcher

(Lived at 143 Back Rd, Cullercoats, Northumberland. Edward’s service record makes interesting reading. Contact made with his Grandson during July 2008)

 

Wilson Roy Buchanan

Lt 1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914) Interned Holland Oct 1914

Died 1980's Bristol UK

Sept 2011 Contact made with his Grandaughter. Frances Rautenbach, who lives in Salt Spring Island, South West Coast of Canada

 

Wilson RG

Clyde Z/1531 ~ 190th Brigade MG Company late Anson & 2nd Benbow D/129

17/04/17 Died of wounds.

Ste Catherine British Cemetery, Arras, France  

 

Wimbush EAB

Lt (ex Temp Sub Lt RNVR) ~ 39 Squadron, 62 Wing, Imbros (late 2nd Benbow at Crystal Palace & 1st Reserve Battalion Blandford 09/01/15 to 01/05/15)

09/05/17 Wounded. (Pilot of plane on the Western Front)

23/05/18 Shot down and killed (Pilot of plane based at Imbros)

 Haidar Pasha Memorial, Turkey

 

Winder J

Tyneside Z/2981 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow D/232

07/09/17 Wounded. Gunshot wound right arm, both legs & head.

08/09/17 Died of wounds.

Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France

 

Wood RM

London Z/736 ~ Howe late 2nd Benbow C/38

12/11/16 KIA by German shellfire

Thiepval MR 21

(PO Townsend FC ~ London Z/1295 late Benbow ‘C’ Coy. was also killed in the same enemy action as Reginald)

 

Wooley G

1st Benbow (Antwerp 1914) Interned Holland Oct 1914

16th to 26th June escaped with King FWN & Williams RJ

 

Wormald F

Kitchener W/154 ~ Anson late 2nd Benbow D/251

13/11/16 KIA

Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France

 

Wright D

Clyde Z/1394 ~ Hood late Howe & 2nd Benbow ‘C’ Coy? (Benbow Battalion, Bugler)

23/10/14 Enlisted

18/02/19 Demob

16/11/1893 DOB

(See twin brother, W Wright)

 

Wright GJ

London Z/575 ~ Nelson late 2nd Benbow

13th July 1915 Wounded.

 

Wright W

Clyde Z/1396 ~ 2nd Benbow C/34 (Benbow Battalion, Bugler)

23/10/14 Enlisted?

16/11/1893 DOB

2nd June 1915 KIA

Age 22

Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli

(See twin brother, D Wright)

 

Wylde S

A.B.London 7/3008 ~R.N.V.R. 1st Benbow

 

York G

Clyde Z/2066 ~ 2nd Benbow A/233

4th June 1915 KIA

Age 20

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

(James RJ Hart London Z/608 wrote that he was in a burial party for a young sailor from Benbow ‘A’ Coy who had been shot in the head.)

 

 

Key dates & Terms used.

 

13th July 1915 ~ Nelson action at Achi Baba Nullah, Gallipoli

 (see page 62 “Nelson at War” by Roy Swales, also page 127 “The Royal Naval Division” by Douglas Jerrold)

 

13/11/16 ~ Nelson action in the “Battle of Ancre” at Beaumont-sur-Ancre, France

(see page 102 “Nelson at War” by Roy Swales.)  

 

York G ~ The names of the nine Benbow Battalion sailors who were KIA or DOW during the Gallipoli campaign, prior to the Battalion’s disbandment on the 12th June. 1915

 

‘A’ Coy A/215 James RJ Hart ~ London Z/608 was in ‘A’ Company 2nd Benbow Battalion.

 

1st Benbow or Old Benbow Battalion, Sailors who enlisted prior to Antwerp 1914  

 

2nd Benbow or New Benbow Battalion, Sailors who enlisted after Antwerp 1914

 

late 1st or 2nd Benbow ~ Benbow’s who were transferred to other Naval Battalions.

 

Clyde Z/? ~ Benbow? ~ Information not confirmed and requires further investigation.

 

The reason for the list of names was to identify sailors who had been KIA/DOW and had served in the Benbow Battalion 1914/1915.

 

 The CWGC only records what Battalion the sailor was in the time of death, and does not record the sacrifice the late Benbow sailors made from 1915 to1918, while serving in other Naval Battalions. (Full list of names of 1st/ Old Benbows  who were Interned or made Prisoners of War can be found in "The 1914 Star To The Royal Navy & Royal Marines" by WH Fever & JW Wilson published by The Royal Naval & Military Press)

 

I would be grateful to receive any new information (or errors in the above) about sailors who served in the Benbow Battalion 1914 to 1915.

 

Thanks to Jack Marshall (Jack Clegg) who has helped me over the past year with information not available at the “National Archives” Kew. 

 

Raymond James Hart

ray-maureen@hotmail.com.uk

   

 

 

(Transcribed in 2007, by his Grandson ~ Raymond James Hart who was born in 1946)

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