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BENENDEN WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright ©
David Hughes & Neil Clark 2005

The Benenden war memorial stands on a small green in the centre of a road junction outside St George's Church, Benenden. The memorial takes the form of a seated, robed, female, holding a laurel wreath mounted on a rectangular pedestal with a single step base. The memorial was initially unveiled by Hon. Esmond Harmsworth, M.P. on 27th February 1921, the sculptor was Albert Toft.

Unveiling ceremony from an old postcard

TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF BENENDEN
WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR JUSTICE
AND LIBERTY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919

BAIRD

W C
Captain, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. (Is how he is commemorated on the war memorial), the closest trace for this officer is - Captain William Frank Gardiner BAIRD. 4TH Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment attached Lincolnshire Regiment. Formerly served in the 7th Dragoon Guards. Died 5th November 1914. Son of Sir William Baird Bt and the Honourable Lady Baird of Saughton Hall, Midlothian. Husband of Violet Mary Baird of Wareside, Ware, Hertfordshire. Buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave II.B.5.

If this is not the correct officer then he may be yet another man who died of wounds or disease after discharge.

BOXALL

C
Corporal, East Surrey Regiment. Closest Match is this man - Corporal 15875 George Thomas BOXALL. 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 9th April 1917. Born Iden Green (Benenden). Enlisted Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey. Resided Cranbrook. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais. Bay 6.

BRIDGLAND

Harry
Lance Corporal L/9450, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 15th September 1916 aged 26 years. Born Benenden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Resided Benenden. Brother of Vincent below. Son of Harry and Harriett Bridgland of Claremont Place, Benenden, Cranbrook, Kent. Buried Guillemont Road Cemetery, Somme, France. Grave reference XII.N.4.

BRIDGLAND

Vincent
Private 202476, 2/4th Battalion, Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly Private (2034) 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 4th November 1917 aged 21 years. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Benenden. Brother of Harry above. Son of Harry Bridgland of Claremont Place, Benenden, Cranbrook, Kent. Commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel. Panel 21.

BURT

Archibald
Driver 95684, “C” Battery, 227th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (R.F.A). Died 31st March 1918 aged 20 years. Born Cranbrook. Enlisted Haringay. Son of Tom and Emmie Burt of 4 Laurel Cottages, Benenden, Kent, who tragically lost another son in 1943. Buried Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, Somme, France. Grave reference II.H.15.

BURT

Robert John
Rifleman 1440171, 14th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Died 7th June 1917 aged 19 years. Born Ashford, Kent. Enlisted Cranbrook. Son of Alfred and Rosa Burt of Staplehurst Lodge, Benenden, Kent. Buried Spanbroekmolen British Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave reference A.6.

RHYMES-COLE, DSO

William Elmer
Captain, 3rd Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers. Died 11th November 1914. Buried New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium. Grave reference XXXII.F.1.

CRESSWELL

Albert Sackville
Captain, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 13th March 1915 aged 36 years. Son of Mrs Cresswell of Leckingham Hall, Cheltenham, and the late C. Estcourt Cresswell. Born Pinkney Park, Wiltshire. Buried Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium. Grave X.4. Served in the South African Campaign. Promoted Captain in 1904. Appointed Adjutant of the 3rd Buffs (Reserve) in 1912. According to the Buffs History Capt Cresswell was killed by a sniper on 12th March 1915.

COLEY, DCM

Edward
Gunner 31471, 25th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (R.G.A). Died 28th September 1916. Born Benenden. Enlisted Dover. Lived Canterbury. Buried Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L`Abbe, Somme, France. Grave reference IV.I.13.

COLEY

Leonard
Private SD/5795, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 21st October 1916. Born Benenden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Buried Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L`Abbe, Somme, France. Grave reference IV.I.13.

COUCHMAN

George Frederick
Private G/21151, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Formerly Private (27802) Middlesex Regiment. Died 21 March 1918. Born Benenden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Resided Benenden. Son of Mr and Mrs Charles Couchman of The Quarter, Tenterden, Kent. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

FOSTER

Alfred
Private 215312, London Regiment, 3rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Atatched 23rd Battalion. Formerly Private (1230) 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 23 March 1918 aged 20 years. Born Hastings. Enlisted Benenden. Resided Benenden. Son of Jonas George and Frances Foster of Grove Buildings, Paddockhurst, Worth, Crawley, Sussex. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 9.

HARMER

Herbert Edwin
Private 5564, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 30th July 1916. aged 26 years. Enlisted Hertford. Resided Watford. Son of Charles and Anna Harmer of Iden Green, Benenden, Cranbrook, Kent. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 135.

HARMSWORTH, MC

Harold Alfred Vyvyan [St George], The Honourable
Captain, 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards. Died 12th February 1918 aged 23 years. Son of the Right Honourable, Harold Sidney, Viscount Rothermere and Mary Lilian, Viscountess Rothermere. Brother of Vere below. Buried Hampstead Cemetery, London. Grave reference W.B.620.

HARMSWORTH

Vere Sidney Tudor, The Honourable
Lieutenant, 63rd (Royal Naval Division). Died 13th November 1916 aged 21 years.Son of 1st Viscount Rothermere of Warwick House, St James, London. Brother of Har0old above. Buried Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France. Grave reference V.E.19.

HOARE

Richard Lennard
Captain, 12th (County of London) Battalion, (The Rangers) London Regiment. (T.F.) Died 1st July 1916 aged 33 years. Born Staplehurst. Son of Mrs Laura Hoare of Summerhill, Benenden, Cranbrook, Kent, and the late William Hoare. Buried Gommecourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference I.C.1.

HUMPHREY

William [Albert]
Private G/25227, 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 26th October 1917. Born Benenden. Enlisted Canterbury. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

JENNER

George
Private T/1340, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 9th July 1916 aged 27 years. Born Benenden. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Cranbrook. Son of John and Harriet Jenner 0f Hague Cottage, Iden Green, Benenden, Cranbrook, Kent. Buried Basra War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave reference VI.P.5.

MARSHALL

Francis [John]
Private G/8706, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 3rd July 1916. Born Benenden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Resided Benenden. Son of William and Laura Emily Marshall of Iden Green, Benenden, Cranbrook, Kent. Buried Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuile, Somme, France. Grave reference II.D.3.

Recorded on the war memorial as belonging to the 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

MATTHEWS

Benjamin
Private 24314, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 16th August 1918. Born Benenden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Recorded on war memorial as belonging to the 8th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. It would seem likely that Benjamin and the following casualty were brothers in view of Regiment, numbers and birth/enlistment details in addition to which Thomas’s late father was also named Benjamin.

MATTHEWS

Thomas
Private 24313, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 20th August 1916 aged 33 years. Born Benenden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Son of Mary Matthews of Moorwood, Benenden, Kent. Husband of Agnes Kate Matthews of 4 School Road, Faversham, Kent. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

The village war memorial records Thomas as belonging to the 8th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment.

MOORE

Percy
Corporal G/13669, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 3rd May 1917. Born, Enlisted & Resided Benenden. Son of Frank and Fanny Moore of 1 Hague Cottage, Iden Green, Benenden, Cranbrook, Kent. Buried Arras Road Cemetery, Roclincourt, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference II.N.39.

The Benenden war memorial records Percy Moore as a member of the 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

PAVEY

Albert Victor
Private T/1361, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 16th January 1916 aged 18 years. Born Benenden. Enlisted Cranbrook in August 1914. Son of R.G. and Elizabeth J. Pavey of Iden Green, Benenden, Kent.Brother of Richard George below. Commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq. Panel 6.

PAVEY, DCM

[Richard] George
Sergeant 78393, “Y” Section, 29th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery (R.F.A). Died 6th July 1917 aged 26 years. Born Benenden. Enlisted & Resided Cranbrook. Eldest son of R.G. and Elizabeth J. Pavey of The Mounts, Benenden, Cranbrook, Kent. Brother of Albert above. Buried Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave reference I.F.9.

PAVEY

[Arthur] Stanley
Private 205165, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly Private (8426) Essex Regiment. Died 31st July 1917. Born Benenden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium.

ROFF

William
Private L/9910, 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 10th August 1917. Born Benenden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Resided Benenden. Buried Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium. Grave reference V.C.7.

RUSSELL

Charles
Private T/240176, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 7th January 1916 aged 18 years. Born Biddenden. Enlisted Benenden. Resided Tenterden. Son of Mr J.E. and Mrs S Russell of Cold Harbour, Tenterden, Kent. Commemorated on the Basra memorial, Iraq. Panel reference 6.

TAYLOR

James [Alfred]
Private 18222, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 10th May 1917 aged 33 years. Born Benenden. Enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of James and Adelaide Taylor of Benenden, Kent. Husband of Louisa Harriett Taylor of The New Lodge, Cavenham, Mildenhall, Suffolk. Buried Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference I.F.42.

WATSON

Ernest
Lance Corporal L/9338, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 8th February 1915 aged 23 years. Born Benenden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Resided Benenden. Son of Mr W.J. Watson of Barrack Row, Benenden, Kent. Buried Bedford House Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium. Grave reference - Enclosure No 4. XI.A.A.21.

WATSON

John
Lance Corporal P/5092, Corps of Military Police, (Foot Branch). Formerly Private (L/8331) 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 21st August 1917 aged 31 years. Born Faversham. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Benenden. Son of Mr and Mrs J Watson of The Street, Benenden, Kent. Buried nearby in the Benenden (St George) churchyard.

WEEKS

George
Private T/203563, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly 5th Battalion. Died 31st November 1917. Born and resided Benenden. Enlisted Tenterden. Son of George and Alice Weeks of Catsford Farm, Benenden, Kent. Buried Villers-Guislain Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave reference A. 4.

The war memorial commemorates George as a member of the 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

WORSLEY

Cyril
Private T/240190, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 9th March 1917. Born and resided Benenden. Enlisted Cranbrook. Commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq. Panel 6.

"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE"

1939 – 1945

BARHAM

Colin
Air Mechanic 2nd Class FX.92597, “H.M.S. Daedalus”, Fleet Air Arm. Royal Navy Air Station, Lee-on-Solent. Died 12th February 1942, aged 18 years. Son of Samuel George and Dorothy Phyllis Barham of Benenden, Kent. Buried locally in Benenden (St George) churchyard. Grave reference Row 13. Grave 57.

BEATTY

Maurice Alfred Albert
Corporal 626496, 84 Squadron, Royal Air Force (R.A.F). Died 29th November 1943 aged 23 years. Son of Charles David and Adelaide Marion Beatty of Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Commemorated on the Singapore memorial. Column 426. Commemorated on Benenden war memorial as a Leading Aircraftsman, R.A.F.

BURT

Leonard
Sergeant 6297988, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died 6th January 1943 aged 39 years. Born and resided Kent. Son of Tom and Emmie Frances Burt. Husband of Margery E. Burt of Cranbrook, Kent. Son of Archibald Burt who died in the First World War, above. Commemorated on the Medjez-El-Bab Memorial, Tunisia. Panel reference - Face 14.

COUSINS

Frank William
Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1237485, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 75 Squadron (R.A.F). Died 11th June 1944 aged 22 years. Son of Frank Reginald and Annie Cousins. Husband of Dorothy Theresa Cousins of Newport, Monmouthshire. Buried Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Grave reference VIII.F.21.

LEGG

Geoffrey Bevington
Lieutenant Commander (A), “H.M.S. Vulture,” Royal Naval Air Station, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (R.N.V.R). Died 21st November 1940 aged 37 years. Son of Henry Bevington Legge and Edith Blythne Legge. Husband of Rosemary Kathleen Legge of Cranbrook, Kent. Buried St Merryn Churchyard, Cornwall. Grave reference 1.

LEWIS

Basil Frank
Corporal 621301, Royal Air Force (R.A.F). Died 29th November 1943 as a prisoner of war when the Japanese ship he was being transported to Java in, Suez Maru, was sunk by the American ship USS Bonefish. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Panel reference - Column 426. For more details see Hell Ships - Suez Maru.

NEWSHAM

Leslie Brooks

Craftsman 6024383, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (R.E.M.E). Died from polio (Acute Anterior Polyomylitis) 21st August 1944. Aged 25. Born 1919 in Biddenden, Kent. Resided Northamptonshire. Son of Edward Newsham and Florence Eliza Newsham. Resident Benenden, Kent, until his marriage. Married May Broomhead in the July to September Quarter 1943 in Mansfield Registration District, Nottinghmahsire. Originally buried in Trimulgherry, Madras, India. Buried Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India. Plot 8. Row D. Grave 3.

Photograph Copyright © Frances Lee 2010

READ, DFC

Frederick Arthur
Pilot Officer 128958, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (R.A.F.V.R). Died 18th January 1943 aged 29 years. Son of Frederick Lionel Read and Dorothy Read. Husband of Doris Marian Read of Paddington, London. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel reference - 133.

REED

Frederick William
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1181898, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (R.A.F.V.R). Died 8th June 1944 aged 24 years. Son of Frederick and Ada Annie Reed of Benenden, Kent. Commemorated nearby at the Charing (Kent County) Crematorium.

SHARP

Henry Thomas
Chief Ordnance Artificer C/M 38907, “H.M.S. Tamar”, Royal Navy (R.N). Died 2nd October 1942 aged 38 years. Son of Henry Thomas and Elizabeth Sharp. Husband of Ethel Ann Rosina Sharp of Brighton, Sussex. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 63,2.

Henry may have died whilst a POW as his ship was scuttled 12/12/41 to prevent its capture and use by the Japanese Navy.

SINDEN

John
Sergeant 519693, Royal Air Force (R.A.F). Died 6th June 1942 aged 26 years. Son of George and Amy Sinden. Husband of Mary Sinden of Southwark, London. Commemorated on the Runnymede memorial, Surrey. Panel reference 93.

STAINES

Albert William
Driver 2128984, 9 Movement Control Group, Royal Engineers (R.E). Died 24th July 1942 aged 35 years. Buried Benenden (St George) churchyard.. Son of Henry and Emily Staines. Husband of Ivy Staines of Benenden, Kent. Born South East London. Resided Kent. Buried locally in Benenden (St George) churchyard. Grave reference - Row 15. Grave 10.

STANNARD

Betty Mary
Leading Aircraftwomen 2068971, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (W.A.A.F). 953 Balloon Squadron. Died 18th May 1943 aged 21 years. Daughter of Albert James Stannard and Mary Eleanor Stannard of Benenden, Kent. Buried Benenden (St George) churchyard. Grave reference - Row 13. Grave 59.

CIVILIANS KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION

All killed by enemy action (German V1/V2 flying bomb explosions)

ABREHART

Alfred Charles
Died 17th June 1944, at New House Farm, Benenden aged 47 years. Husband of Dorothy.Jane Abrehart below.

ABREHART

Dorothy Jane
Died 17th June 1944, at New House Farm. Wife of Alfred Charles Abrehart above. Daughter of Herbert James and Frances Chapman of 4 Pullington Cottages, Benenden.

BLAKEY (nee Abrehart)

Joan Evelyn Ray
Died 17th June 1944 aged 24 years, at New House Farm, Benenden. Daughter of the above casualties and wife of Gunner Albert Blakey R.A.

SANDS

Lilian Josephine
Died 19th June 1944 aged 78 years. Killed at the Garden House, Beacon Hall. Widow of Harold Sands.

WHITE

Richard Colin
Died 12th July 1944 aged 15 years. Killed at Forest Farm Bungalow. Son of Richard Stanley & Lorna Evelyn White White of Forest Farm Bungalow, Benenden.

Last update 16 August, 2016

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