Benfleet War Memorial. 1915 Casualties.

Killed in Action.

REGINALD WELLER.  Service No. G/3233.
Rank.  Private
Regiment/Service. Royal Fusiliers. (City of London Regiment).
Unit.  3rd Battalion.
Died.  12 March 1915.
Grave.  F.23. Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery. Belgium.

Details of grave. CWGC Details

Grave of R. V. Weller.

Kemmell Chateau Military Cemetery. Belgium.

JOHN JENNINGS.  Service No. 10125.
Rank.  Lance Corporal.
Regiment/Service.  Essex Regiment.
Unit.  2nd Battalion.
Died.  13 May 1915.
Memorial.  Panel 39. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.  Belgium.

Details of memorial. CWGC Details

Note.   Lot No. 188.  On 19 September 2003, London Auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb, auctioned his 1914 Star Medal with clasp, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Plaque.  The condition of these was graded as extremely fine.  They sold for the hammer price of £370.

The auction catalogue stated he was born in Rayleigh and enlisted in Warley, Essex.  Soon after reaching the front he was wounded in the right foot but making recovery he was able to rejoin his regiment.  He was killed in action France/Flanders, 13 May 1915.  His name is also commemorated on the Rayleigh War Memorial.

GEORGE WILLIAM ROSS. Service No. ex-London 1/3257 AB RNVR
Rank.  Sub-Lieutenant.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve.
Unit.  HoweBattalion.  Royal Navy Division.
Died.  4 June 1915.
Memorial.  Panel 8-15. Helles Memorial. Turkey.

Details of memorial. CWGC Details

Son of.  Thomas Ernest Ross, of South Benfleet. Essex.

Additional Information.  Employee of the London Stock Exchange.

FRANK SMITH.  Service No. S/11982
Rank.  Rifleman.
Regiment/Service.  Rifle Brigade
Unit.  9th Battalion
Died.  30 July 1915
Memorial.  Panel 46-48 and 50. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Belgium.

Details of memorial. CWGC Details

Note.   Lot No. 468.  On 19 September 2003, London Auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb, auctioned his 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. The condition of these was described as good very fine and better.  They sold for the hammer price of £160.

The auction catalogue stated that he was born in Greenwich, Kent and living at Benfleet, Essex.  He enlisted at Southend-on-Sea.  Serving initially with the 21st Lancers and then with the 9th Battalion Rifle Brigade.

HAROLD BROWNE. Service No 57135
Rank.  Private.
Regiment/Service.  Canadian Contingent.
Unit.  Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment), “A” Coy. 20th Bn.
Died.  28 September 1915
Memorial.  St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery.

Details of memorial. CWGC Details

Son of.  George Bowman Browne of South Benfleet. Essex.

Grave of H. Browne at St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery

STANLEY SMITH PILBROWRegimental Number: 253
Regiment/Service.  2nd. King Edwards Horse.
Died.  9 December 1915.
Grave.  Sutton Road Cemetery.  Southend-on-Sea.  Essex.

Details of grave. There are GWGC grave details as he had been dishcarged from service but the cemetery details are here.

Son of.  James Smith Pilbrow.  F.R.C.S., of The Leas. Westcliff. Essex.

Additional Information.  Was a Boer War veteran who served with the Scottish Horse as a Quartermaster Sergeant.

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