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BENSON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Rob Lovesey 2010
additional research Martin Edwards

The Benson war memorial sits at the crossroads, on the B4009 in Benson, Oxfordshire. It takes the form of a large stone wheel cross with the cross surmounting a tapering, stone, pedestal which bears the names and inscription in black lettering with a two-stepped stone base; the cross is in a Celtic-style carvings on the head of the cross and shaft. There are 39 names llisted for World War 1 and 9 for World War 2.

Photographs Copyright © Rob Lovesey 2010

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN
FROM THE PARISH OF BENSON WHO
LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR KING
AND COUTNRY IN THE GREAT WAR OF
1914 1918 THEIR FELLOW PARISHIONERS
HAVE ERECTED THIS MONUMENT

"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE"

BAILEY Sam
Private T/203929, 1st Battalion, (The Buffs) East Kent Regiment. Killed in action 7 June 1915. Aged 33. Born Lightcilffe, Yorkshire, enlisted Ashford, Kent, resident Brighouse, Yorokshire. Son of Titus and Martha Bailey, of 4 Co-operative Buildings, Bailiffe Bridge, Brighouse, Yorks. Formerly 203130, 5th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row Q. Grave 8.
BATTS Albert
Lance Corporal 9589, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 25 Sep 1915. Born Northmoor, enlisted Oxofrd, resident Benson. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 83 to 85.
BRIDCUTT Arthur Elijah
Gunner 40822, Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action in North Russia 11 August 1919. Aged 23. Enlisted Coventry, born and resident Benson. Son of John and Esther Bridcutt of Roke Benson Half-Brother to John Henry Bridcutt (see above) and Charles Amos Bridcutt (see below) Full-Brothers Albert George Bridcutt served as Gunner 80th Company Royal Garrison Artillery and Gunner Francis Edward Birdcutt (55456) 471 Siege Bty Royal Garrison Artillery; both survived the war. Commemorated in Archangel Allied Cemetery Memorial (B12), buried Troitza Churchyard.
BRIDCUTT John Henry
Lieutenant Colonel, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action 1 October 1918. Son of John and (late) Amelia Bridcutt of Roke Marsh Benson; husband of Mrs J H Bridcutt of 11 Dalmeny Avenue Norbury London John Bridcutt enlisted in Coldstream Guards (Service No 9509) in 1893 promoted to CSM within 8 years ending as CSM London District before Commission 2nd Lt Somerset Light Infantry and transferred same day to 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Appointed Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles 8 September 1918. Full-Brother to Charles Amos Bridcutt (see below) Half-Brother to Arthur Elijah Bridcutt (see above). Half-Brothers Albert George Bridcutt served as Gunner 80th Company Royal Garrison Artillery and Gunner Francis Edward Birdcutt (55456) 471 Siege Bty Royal Garrison Artillery; both survived the war. Distinguish Service Order Mentioned in Dispatches (3 times): Lord Roberts’ Mentions 4 September 1901 Boer War. London Gazette 15 June 1916. London Gazette 4 January 1917 London Gazette 23 July 1917. Buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row E. Grave 17.
BROWN Ernest James
Lance Corporal 8228, 1st Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment).). Killed in action 28 September 1915. Born Benson, enlisted Reading, resident Wallingford, Berkshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 93 to 95.
BULLEN Albert Edward
Private 201104 [CWGC} or 20104 [SDGW], 2/4th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 22 August 1917. Aged 20. Born Hammersmith, enlisted Reading, resident Wallingford. Son of the late Cornelius and Florence Winifred Bullen. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 105.
CHADD Peter
Private 18163, 8th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment).). Killed in action 27 May 1916. Son of Mrs Isobel S August of Fisher Street Balaklava South Australia. Buried in Loos British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Commemorated on Cite Calone Military Cemetery Memorial 12
COCKERELL Herbert Frederick
Private 8487, 97th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds 16 December 1917. Born and resident Wansdworth, Surrey, enlisted Oxford. Formerly 18726, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen. Belgium. Plot XI. Row D. Grave 17.
DIXON Frederick
Gunner 73202, 2nd/1st (North Midland) Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 25 July 1917. Born Benson, enlisted Oxford. Buried in Vlamertinge New Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen. Belgium. Plot V. Row A. Grave 12.
DUTFIELD Frank H
Private 17430, 2/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 21 March 1918. Enlisted Oxford. No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 50 and 51.
EMBERRY Thomas Henry
Private 28798, 5th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 28 April 1917. Enlisted Wallingfod. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.
EUSTACE Frank
Private B/1927, "B" Company, 8th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). Killed in action 15 September 1916. Aged 27. Born Benson, enlisted Birmingham, resident Roke, Benson. Son of the late William and Eliza Eustace; husband of Kate Eustace (formerly Denton). No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier 16. Face B/C.
FROST Joseph
Private 201111, 2nd Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Princess Charlotte of Wales's ). Killed in action 27 May 1918. Born Notting Hill, Middlesex, enlisted Reading, resident Chelmsford. No known grave. Commemorated on Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France.
GRAY Cecil Gordon
Acting Lance Corporal M2/046891, Mechanical Transport 24th Ammunition Sub Park, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 24 October 1916. Aged 20. Born Cookham, Oxon, enlisted London, resident Wallingford. Son of Albert George and Amelia Gary of Benson. Buried in St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Section O. Plot I. Row A. Grave 7.
GREEN Harry
Private 1361, 1st (Service) Battalion, Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, Channel Island Militia. Killed in action 13 April 1918. Aged 29. Born Benson, enlisted Guernsey. Son of William and Minnie Green of Brook Street, Benson; husband of Gladys A Le Tissier (formerly Green, nee Guille) of Bel Air, Abecq, Guernsey. No known grave. Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 11.
GREEN Jonas
Corporal 116446, No 2 Army Tramways Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 29 September 1917. Aged 45. Born Benson, enlisted Westminster, Middlesex, resident Wallingford, Berks. Husband of Gertrude Emily Green of Brook Street Benson. Buried in Gwalia Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row D. Grave 6.
HAILEY Frederick
Corporal 202216, "B" Company, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Killed in action 4 October 1917. Aged 32. Born Abingdon, enlisted Bodmin, Cornwall, resident Truro, Cornwall. Son of Cecil and Ellen Hailey of Myrtle Cottage, Benson. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 81.
HARMER Jesse Walter
Private 23630, 6th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 20 September 1917. Born Ewelme, Oxon, enlisted Wallingford. Buried in Cement House Cemetery, Langemarck, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 16.
HASTINGS William Charles
Private G/4405, 6th (The Buffs) Battalion, East Kent Regiment. Killed in action 11 July 1915. Born Notting Hill, Middlesex, enlisted Hammersmith, Middlesex, resident North Kensington, Middlesex. Buried in Calvaire (Essex) Military Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot III. Row A. Grave 6.
HAWTING Henry
Private 7783, 5th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 17 January 1916. Aged 30. Born Benson, enlisted Wallingford, Berks. Son of George and Emma Hawting, of Roke Marsh, Benson, Wallingford. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row H. Grave 35.
HOLT Frederick
Driver 136754, Royal Engineers. Died in Mesopotamia (Iraq) 4 August 1916. Born Sheffield, enlisted Wallingford, Berkshire. Son of Mr & Mrs J R Holt of Sheffield. Buried in Bolarum Cavalry Barracks Cemetery, Chennai, India. Plot B. Grave 18.
HUTCHINS Edward Morris
Flight Serjeant 2105, Royal Flying Corps. Died 18 June 1916. Buried in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Plot 33. Row F. Grave 16.
JONES William
Private 204280, "D" Company, 1/1st Bucks Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 16 August 1917. Aged 41. Born Dorchester, enlisted Wallingford, resident Crowmarsh, Oxon. Son of late William and Sarah Jones of Dorchester Oxon; husband of Emily Jones of Ferry Preston Crowmarsh Benson. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 96-98.
LUKER Alfred
Acting Serjeant 7714, 1st Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 28 September 1918. Born and resident Wallingford, enlisted Reading. Son of Mr & Mrs C Luker of Crowmarsh Wallingford Berks; the 1911 Census has Alfred Luker living with his brothers (George and James) at Clacks Cottages Ewelme Benson working as General Labourers on a farm. James was also killed in the war (see below). No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France; Panel 93 to 95.
LUKER James
Private 15179, 71st Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 15 September 1916. Son of Mr & Mrs C Luker of Crowmarsh, Wallingford, Berks; the 1911 Census has James Luker living with his brothers (George and Alfred) at Clacks Cottages, Ewelme, Benson, working as General Labourers on a farm. Alfred was also killed in the war (see above). Formerly 19552, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery Guillemont, Somme, France. Plot VII. Row F. Grave 8.
MUMFORD Arthur James
Private 25192, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action 27 February 1918. Aged 24. Born Smokedon, Faringdon, berkshire, enlisted Faringdon. Son of Henry and Sarah Ann Mumford of Crown Lane Benson. Formerly 9908, Royal Berkshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 92.
PAINTER John Randall
Gunner 316962, 4th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Died 6 October 1918. Born 18 October 1895 in Oxfordshire. Son of John Thomas and Helen Emma Painter of Benson. Farming in Mt Elgin Ontario until September 1915 when he joined Curtiss’s Flying School Toronto. Attested and passed fit 1 February 1916 in Toronto, Canada, aged 20 years 3 months, height 5 frrt 7¾ inches, girth 37 inches, complexion fresh, eyes brown, hair auburn, religious denomination Congregationalist. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot LXVII. Row H. Grave 25. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7540 - 35
PHILLIPS Ernest Albert
Private 10941, 5th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 27 May 1917. Born Sutton Surrey, enlisted Oxford, resident Benson. Buried in London Cemetery, Neuville-Vitasse, France. Plot III. Row E. Grave 10.
SHELDRAKE Robert James
Private 20825, 6th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 3 September 1916. Born Poplar, Middlesex, enlisted Ocford, resident East Ham, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier 10, Face 10A and 10D.
SMITH William George
Serjeant 7784 [CWGC] or 7781 [SDGW], "G" Company, 2nd Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 15 March 1915. Aged 31. Enlisted Wallingford. Son of William Brackley Smith and Martha Smith of West View Benson. No known grave. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 30.
SOPER Sydney
Private 17101, 1st Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 15 November 1916. Aged 27. Born and resident Millwall, enlisted Reading. Brother of Albert Soper of 4 Johnson Street Cubitt Town London. Buried in Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row J. Grave 12.
STRUDLEY Alfred George
[Memorial states Corporal] Private 14396, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 28 Apr 1917. Aged 27. Born Wobblestone, Surrey, enlisted Oxford, resident Benson. Husband of Alice Mary Town (formerly Strudley), of 6, Clifton Terrace, Benson. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6 and 7.
WEBB Charles William
Private 17360, 6th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 2 July 1916. Aged 23. Born Chalsey, enlisted Oxford, resident Benson. Son of Emily A Webb of Crowmarsh Wallingford Berks. Buried in Vlamertinge Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row E. Grave 13.
WHEELER C William
Private, 1st Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). No Further Information currently available.
WHICHELLO Richard William
Sergeant RMA/7928, HMS Hogue, Royal Marine Artillery. Killed in action when his ship was torpedoed by U-9 in the North Sea, 22 September 1914. Aged 33. Born 29 November 1880 in Benson. Son of Frederick Walter Whichello, of Benson, Wallingford, Berks.; husband of Beatrice Emily Roberts (formerly Whichello, nee Bartholomew), of 15, Meon Rd., Milton, Portsmouth. Birth registered in the January to March Quarter 1882 in Wallingford Registrration District. Pawnbroker's Assistant before he enlisted. Enrolled Royal Navy 27 January 1899 in London, re-engaged 17 December 1910 at which time his wife was living at 212 Eastfield Road, Eastney, Portsmouth. Height 5 feet 10 inches, complexion fresh, hair brown, eyes grey. Religious denomination Church of England. He married in the April to June Quarter 1910 in the Strood Reistration District, Kent. In the 1901 census he was aged 20, born Wallingford, aged 20, Gunner R.M.A. a member of Crew. In the 1911 census he is listed as being aged 29, a Sergeant in the Royal Marine Artillery, born Benson, resident with his wife Beaterice Emily and their bay son at 212 Eastfield Road Eastney, Portsmouth. No known grave. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Panel 5.
WIGMORE Harry
Private 204225, 2/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died 21 August 1917. Son of Daniel and Sarah Wigmore of Mary’s Farm Wallingford. No known grave. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panels 96 – 98.
WILDE John
[Spelt WILD on CWGC] Private 18168, 5th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 13 July 1916. Born and resident Stockport, enlisted Reading. Son of Harry and Mary Wild, of 23, Higher Hillgate, Stockport. Buried in Leeds Lawns Wood Cemetery, Yorkshire. Screen Wall. W. 440.
WINFIELD John Henry
Private 6502, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 13 November 1916. Aged 35. Born Ewelme, Berkshire, enlisted Oxofrd, resident Briightwell, Oxon. Son of Samuel Winfield; husband of Ann Maria Winfield of Slade End, Wallingford, Berks. Buried in Waggon Road Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section E. Grave 32.
YOUNG Maurice Gilberrt
Private 10335, 5th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 20 July 1917. Born and resident Wallingford, enlisted Reading. Buried in Monchy Le Preux Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 24.
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BEAL Alex Edward
[Listed as Alec on memorial] Lance Corporal 5336332, 4th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment).). Died 29 May 1940. Aged 20. Son of Thomas Mitchel Beal and Evelyn Beal, of Benson, Oxfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Dunkirk Memoriak, Nord, France. Column 111.
CHAMBERLAIN Walter Newton
Serjeant 2486, Burma Auxiliary Force. Died 28 April 1942. Aged 32. Son of Frederick Philip and Annie Elizabeth Chamberlain, of Benson, Oxfordshire. Buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar, Burma. Plot 26. Row E. Grave 7.
DUNLOP-MACKENZIE Robert Jack
Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) 40685, 106 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 25 March 1942 flying Avro Manchesters out of RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Aged 23. Son of Archibald and Mary Louise Dunlop-Mackenzie; husband of Letitia Dunlop-Mackenzie, of St. John's Wood, London. Buried in Harlingen General Cemetery, Friesland, Netherlands. Plot E. Row 1. Grave 1.
HEATH Thomas W
No further information currently available
HOWSE Kenneth William
Aircraftman 2nd Class 1667482, 355 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 8 April 1944. Aged 23. Son of William and Amy Howse; husband of Adeline Priscilla Howse, of Benson, Oxfordshire. Buried in Ranchi War Cemetery, India. Plot 9. Row F. Grave 3.
PICK Ben Michael
Sergeant (Pilot) 1194506, 138 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died in Halifax W7775 (NF-R) which crashed near Meppel, during Operation MARROW 12, over Holland, 22/23 December 1942. Aged 21. Son of Ben and Lizzie Robinson Pick, of Benson, Oxfordshire. Buried in Staphorst (Ijhorst) General Cemetery, Overijssel, Netherlands. Grave 3.
PHILLIPS Ernest A
No further information currently available
SALTER Frank A
No further information currently available
WOOD John A
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