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BENWICK WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 and 2 - Rolls of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Cliff Brown and David Edwards
additional photographs Charlie Bedford

The memorial is to be found at the junction of High Street and Lillyholt Road, Benwick. It takes the form of a plain Latin Cross on a square plinth and a single step. The memorial is surrounded by iron railings. There are 44 names for World War 1 and 1 for World War 2. The memorial was first unveiled on 10th June 1921. The sculptors were Messrs P Whitehead and the architect was Mr W Sadler. Details of the memorial appeared in the Cambridge Times 17th June 1921, page 6. The criteria for a persons name appearing on this memorial was that they had attended the Benwick day school. In 2006 the memorial was refurbished and the names repainted. There was also a Boer War memorial to Arthur Frost that was moved to Doddington. See also the Benwick Village web site.

Photographs Courtesy and
Copyright © Adam Keppel-Garner 2007

THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED
IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919

"HE GIVETH HIS BELOVED SLEEP"

1914-18

AMBROSE Samuel
18670 Acting Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 10 May 1917. Born Huntingdon, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. No known grave. Commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.
ANDERSON William
1969 Private, 2/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died at Cambridge of pneumonia 29 November 1914. Aged 23. Born and enlisted Benwick. Lived High Street. Buried in BENWICK CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 92.

Photograph Copyright © Adam Keppel-Garner 2007
ASHTON Edward Cecil
7028 Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action when shot in neck at loophole 18 February 1915. Born Benwick, enlisted Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk Regiment, 1905. Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XVI. Row B. Grave 50.
BEDFORD Arthur William
1958 Private, 1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 10 April 1915. Aged 18. Born and enlisted Benwick. Son of William and Hannah Bedford, Lilyholt Cottage, The Common, Benwick, March, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50 and 52.

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Arthur (left) with brother Fred who survived the war

BIRD Fred
872068 Private, 10th Pioneers, 107th Battalion, Canadian Pioneers. Killed in action 15 August 1917. Born Benwick 6 July 1884, enlisted and passed fit 1 June 1916 at Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada. Had emigrated to Canada. Son of Mr William Bird, High Street, Benwick, nr March, Cambridgeshire; sister Mrs Blanche Colson, 17 Prince Street, Walsoken, Wisbeach, Cambridgeshire. Unmarried. Farmer by trade, Reilgion Church of England. Enlisted aged 31, height 5 feet 6 inches, girth 37 inches, weuight 135 lbscomplexion fair, eyes blue, hair dark brown. No known grave. Commemorated on VIMY MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 745 - 2
BISHOP John Thomas
20605 Private, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 4 May 1916. Aged 23. Born Upwood, Huntingdonshire, enlisted Bedford, resident Ramsey. Husband of L. M. Bishop, of 18 Askew Row, Swavesey, Cambs. Buried in BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 7.
BLUNT Ellis Charles
63657 Bombardier, 'C' Battery, 159th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 23 July 1916. Aged 23. Son of Mrs H Blunt, The Wood Farm, Burton, Shrewsbury. Lived in Benwick for a while, resident Littleport, enlisted Littleport. Buried in LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, CORBIE, Corbie, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 48. Also listed on the Littleport memorial.
BULLEN Harry
325439 Corporal, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 30 January 1918. Aged 29. Born Ramsey, enlisted Benwick. Formerly 1942 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Youngest son of Thomas D & Sarah Ann Bullen. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 25.
DENTON Charles
26388 Private, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of pneumonia 19 February 1917. Aged 34. Born Glassmore, Suffolk, enlisted March. Son of James & S A Denton. Buried in FORCEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot 3. Row D. Grave 1.
EDWARDS John William
40146 Private, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 13 March 1917. Aged 29. Born Stowbridge, Norfolk, enlisted March. Husband of A E Edwards, The Lane, Benwick, March, Cambs; brother of Walter Edwards who also fell. In the 1911 census he was the son of Arthur and Elizabeth Edwards, aged 23, married for 3 years to Elizabeth, a Farm Labourer, born Stow Bridge, Norfolk, resident Grange Farm, Benwick, March. Formerly 1943, 1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row C. Grave 8. (Brother of below).
EDWARDS Walter
40242 Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 1 December 1917. Aged 21. Resident Somersham, enlisted Huntingdon. In the 1911 census he was the son of Arthur and Elizabeth Edwards, aged 15, a Farm Labourer, born Emneth, Norfolk, resident Grange Farm, Benwick, March. Brother of John William Edwards who also fell. Formerly 144357, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 35 to 37 and 162 to 162A. (Brother of above)
FISHER George Walter
205169 Private, 11th (Lewisham) Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 20 September 1917. Aged 19. Enlisted March, resident Whittlesey. Son of Alfred and Sarah Ann Fisher, of Kingsland Coates, Whittlesey, Cambs. In the 1911 census he was the son of Alfred and Sarah Ann Fisher, aged 12, a schoolboy, born Wistow, Huntingdon, resident at Floods Ferry, March. Formerly 4221 Cambridgeshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 106 to 108.
FOUNTAIN Charles
38807 Private, 12th (Bermondsey) Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 14 October 1918. Aged 20. Born Benwick, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Jacob & Alice Fountain, Little London. Buried in DADIZEELE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Moorslede, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 33.
FOUNTAIN Harry
5447 Private, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died of wounds 5 May 1917. Born Stockton-on-Tees, enlisted March, resident Benwick. Son of John & Mary Fountain, Little London. Buried in WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IX. Row G. Grave 11.
FOUNTAIN Herbert John
G/43990 Private, 17th (1st Football) Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Missing 28 April 1917, Prisoner of War, repatriated. Died of pneumonia 17 December 1918, at 2nd Scottish Hospital, Leith, Edinburgh. Aged 25. Born upwood, Huntingdonshire, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Benwick. Son of John & Elizabeth Fountain, Halfpenny Toll, Benwick. Buried in BENWICK CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 120.
HICKS Archibald Henry
10345 Private, 'C' Company, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action, by shellfire, 18 February 1915. Aged 45. Born Tichmarsh, Northamptonshire, enlisted March. Reservist, formerly Grenadier Guards for 12 years. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Hicks, of Titchmarsh, Thrapston, Northants; husband of Mary Jane Hicks, of Russell Rd., Benwick, March, Cambs. Served in the South African Campaign. No known grave. Commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.
HILLS William Thomas
9314 Lance Sergeant, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 13 October 1915. Aged 23. Born Clifton, Bedfordshire, enlisted March. Husband of Lily Bird (formerly Hills), of Chaple Farm, Benwick, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 37 and 38.
HOLLIS John William
7911 Private, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 18 February 1915. Aged 24. Born Benwick, enlisted Whittlesey. Son of Thomas and Hannah Hollis, of Nene Parade, Benwick, March, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.
HOUSDEN Ernest
27002 Private, 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 3 May 1916. Aged 28. Born Bury, Huntingdonshire, enlisted Bedford, resident Bury, Huntingdonshire. Son of Emma Housden, of Bury, Hunts, & the late Edwin Housden. Buried North of church in BURY CEMETERY, Huntingdonshire.
HUTCHCRAFT John William
1924 Private, 1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died in Swansea hospital 26 July 1915. Aged 21. Born Benwick, enlisted Whittlesey. Son of William Hutchcraft, of Burnt House, Whittlesey. Buried in WHITTLESEY CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire. Plot A. Row 12. Grave 6.
LENTON Walter
51653 Private, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 16 April 1918. Aged 37. Born Stow, Norfolk, enlisted Wisbech, resident Benwick. Formerly 37848, Bedfordshire Regiment. Son of Henry Lenton; husband of M. M. H. Lenton, of Little London, Benwick, March, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 35 to 37 and 162 to 162A.
NEWTON Arthur Leslie Garman
266595 Gunner, 'E' Battery, Royal Horse Artillery. Died of typhoid 2 February 1919. Aged 23. Son of Arthur & Mary Newton, Four Hundred Farm, Ramsey. Educated at Grammar School, St. Ives, Hunts. Buried in HUY (LA SARTE) COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Huy, Leige, Belgium. Plot I. Row B. Grave 8. Also listed on Ramsey memorial.

A stained glass window in Benwick church read "To the Glory of God and in loving memory of our dearly loved son and brother Arthur Leslie G Newton whose life was sacrificed in the Great War 1914 - 1919 R.I.P.", upon the demolition of the church the window was removed and inserted into the vestry at Doddington church.

Extract from de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour - Part 5 - page 131:

NEWTON, ARTHUR LESLIE GARMAN, Gunner, No. 266595, E Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, eldest s. of Arthur Newton, of Four Hundred Farm, Ramsey, Farmer, by his wife, Mary, dau. of the late James Green, of Lakesend, Wisbech; b. Ramsey, co. Huntingdon, 14 Oct. 1895 ; educ. St. Ives Grammar School; was a Farmer in Ramsey; enlisted in the R.H.A. 10 Oct. 1917; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 16 April, 1918 was invalided home in the following Oct. suffering from heart trouble; returned to France after the Armistice to serve with the Army of Occupation, and died at No. 50 Casualty Clearing Station, Huy, 2 Feb. 1919, of typhoid, contracted while on active service. Buried in La Sarte Cemetery. His Commanding Officer wrote stating that he was always very attentive and thorough, and an efficient gunner; unm.

OSBORNE Sam
9315 Private, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 13 October 1915. Born Ramsey Mere, Huntingdonshire, enlisted March. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 37 and 38.
OSBORNE William
11328 Trooper, 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers. Died of wounds 29 March 1918. Aged 21. Born and resident Benwick, enlisted March. Son of Mr & Mrs A Osborne, High Street, Benwick. Buried in CREIL COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Oise, France. Plot II. Grave 361.

 

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PEDLEY William Harold
J/85356 Ordinary Seaman, HMS Benbow, Royal Navy. Died pneumonia/influenza, Royal Navy Hospital, East Stonehouse, Portsmouth, 25 February 1919. Aged 19. Son of Mrs Sarah Jane Greenwood, 1 Princes St, Ramsey. Buried RAMSEY CEMETERY, Huntingdonshire. Plot/Row/Section M. Grave 19. Also listed on Ramsey memorial.
PEDLEY Thomas
425197 Private, 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Died 25 June 1918. Aged 40. Born 9 March 1878 in Ramsey. Son of Thomas & Jane Pedley. Husband of Louisa Ann Pedley (married at Benwick 21 November 1904). Farmer. Enlisted 9 January 1915, passed fit 15 January at Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada. Height 5 feet 6½ inches, girth 36 inches, complexion dark, eyes grey, hair black; religion Church of England; scar on forehead. No known grave. Commemorated on VIMY MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7697 - 31. Also listed on Ramsey memorial.
RICHARDS Edward
35162 Sergeant, 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 28 August 1918. Aged 24. Born and resident Benwick, enlisted Ramsey. Son of Charles E & Mary A Richards; husband of Mary J Richards, Wenny Rd, Chatteris. Buried in DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot XXVI. Row L. Grave 1.
RICHARDSON Frank
18094 Corporal, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died in Salonika 10 October 1918. Aged 27. Born Warboys, Huntingdonshire, enlisted Whittlesey. Son of John & Emma Richardson, Broadalls Drove, Forty Foot, Ramsey, Hunts. Buried in SALONIKA (LEMBET ROAD) MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Grave 1569.
ROWELL Albert [Edward]
693292 Private, 43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Killed in the vicinity of Vis-en-Artois in action 27 August 1918. Aged 21. Born 31 December 1896 in Doddington. Son of Sara Jane Rowell, of Copalder Road, Doddington, Cambs. Farmer. Enlisted and passed fit 18 December 1916 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, height 5 feet 6 inches, girth 34¼, complexion dark, eyes blue, hair black; religion Church of England. Buried in VIS-EN-ARTOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, HAUCOURT, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row H. Grave 11. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8512 - 31 See also Doddington.
RUSH Alfred John Palmer
8025 Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Aged 29. Born London, enlisted Leicester, resident Benwick. Son of Walter & Jane Rush, Church St, Market Deeping. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 42 to 44.
SALLABANKS Arthur
1964 Private, 2/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of brain haemorrhage at Peterborough 4 February 1915. Aged 21. Born and enlisted benwick. Son of Robert and Ann Elizabeth Sallabanks, West View, Benwick. Buried in BENWICK CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 94.
SAUNDERS Ernest Edward
203167 Private, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment who was Killed in action on 28th May 1918. Enlisted Cambridge, resident Benwick. Son of Herbert Thomas and Clara Saunders, of Bow St., Great Ellingham, Attleborough, Norfolk. Formerly 3829 Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried in VOORMEZEELE ENCLOSURE No.3, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIV. Row F. Grave 1.
SAVAGE Arthur Ernest
4082 Private, 2/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of meningitis, while in training, 27 August 1916. Aged 29. Born Benwick, enlisted Wisbech. Son of the late Edward Savage; husband of Emma M. Savage, of High St., Benwick. Buried in BENWICK CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 103.

 

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SAVAGE John Edward
G/15269 Private, 6th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 1 July 1918. Aged 21. Born Huntingdon, enlisted and resident Whittlesey. Son of John E & Jane Alice Savage, Hollands Farm, Glassmoor, Whittlesey. Buried in HARPONVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 7.
SEE Charles William
R/37873 Lance Corporal, 8th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 3 May 1917. Aged 24. Enlisted Ninch, Bury St Edmunds, resident Benwick. Son of Mr & Mrs Daniel See, Cambridge Row, The Lane, Benwick, March, Cambs. Formerly 25058 Suffolk Regiment and TR/13/21294 108th Training Reserve Battalion. No known grave. Commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

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SEEKINGS Herbert
9373 Private, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 10 April 1917. Born and resident Benwick, enlisted Ramsey, Huntingdonshire. Regular soldier. In the 1911 census he was single, aged 20, a Soldier, born Benwick, resident Prospect Barracks, Bermunda. No known grave. Commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
SPARROW Thomas
133784 Private, Labour Corps. Died of pneumonia 11 November 1918. Aged 26. Born Christchurch, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Southwold, East Suffolk, resident Floods Ferry, near March. Son of Henry & Elizabeth Sparrow, of Otter Holt, Floods Ferry, March. Formerly 45308 Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Buried in PETERBOROUGH OLD CEMETERY (OR BROADWAY CEMETERY), Northamptonshire. Grave reference 7. 3. 3258.
SUTTON, MM David
26398 Private, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 20 May 1918. Born Benwick, enlisted Ramsey. Son of Mrs Sutton, The Lane, Benwick. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in TANNAY BRITISH CEMETERY, THIENNES, Nord, France. Plot 2. Row D. Grave 10.
SUTTON Harry
G/35154 Private, 10th [CWGC] or 13th [SDGW] Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died of wounds 22 October 1918 [8 October 1918 SDGW]. Born and resident Benwick, enlisted Ramsey. Buried in BOIS-DES-ANGLES BRITISH CEMETERY, CREVECOEUR-SUR-L'ESCAUT, Nord, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 18.
SUTTON John William
1968 Private, 1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds 16 April 1915. Born and enlisted Benwick. Son of Mr & Mrs Albert Sutton, The Lane, Benwick. Buried in YPRES TOWN CEMETERY EXTENSION, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Special Memorial 11.

Note: There are now over 150, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this cemetery. A special memorial records the name of one United Kingdom soldier, buried in Bel-Aise Farm Cemetery, whose grave could not be found.

Photograph Copyright © Martyn Smith 2002

THACKER Walter
1953 Private, 1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds 5 May 1915. Born and enlisted Benwick. Lived in Birds Cottages, Doddington Road, Benwick. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (NORD), Nord, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 176.
UPCHURCH Frederick aka Fred
17602 Private, 11th (Cambs) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 28 April 1917. Aged 26. Born Ramsey, enlisted March. Eldest son of Mr & Mrs W Upchurch, Floods Ferry (Benwick Road, Doddington). Buried in LEVEL CROSSING CEMETERY, FAMPOUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 46.
VARLOW Ernest George
862829 Pioneer, 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment). Wounded 26 June 1917, died of those wounds 28 June 1917. Aged 27. Son of Mrs Sarah Varlow, Benwick. In 1901 he was the son of James and Sarah Varlow, aged 11, born Benwick, resident Little London, Benwick (Isle Of Ely), Benwick. Buried in BARLIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 2. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9914 - 45
WRIGHT Arthur
44067 Private, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 12 October 1916. Born Benwick, enlisted March. In the 1911 census he was a son of John and Drusillia Wright, aged 22, a Farm Labourer, born Benwick, resident Skeifs Row, Benwick. Formerly 4044, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
1939-45
SNEESBY Ernest Allen
5828753 Private, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action during the Japanese invasion of Singapore 14 February 1942. Aged 22. Son of James and Annie Sneesby, of Benwick. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 60.

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