Killed in Action 1918. Not Commemorated Locally.
Born, resided or with links to Benfleet
Those listed here, although born, resided or had links with Benfleet, their connection with the area did not fit the criteria for adding their names on the War Memorial in Essex Way.
WALTER BRIGHT. Service No. 54389.
Regiment/Service. Royal Garrison Artillery.
Unit Text. 125th Heavy Battery.
Died. 2 January 1918.
Grave. VIII. B. 19. Wimereux Communal Cemetery. France.
ALFRED CHARLEY STOWERS. Service No. 35678.
Regiment/Service. York and Lancaster Regiment.
Unit Text. 9th Battalion.
Died. 12 January 1918.
Grave. 1. G. 7. Giavera British Cemetery. Arcade. Italy.
WILLIAM FREDERICK COWLES. Service No. 300728.
Regiment/Service. Essesx Regiment.
Unit Text. “W” Coy. 1st. Battalion.
Died. 31 January 1918.
Memorial. Tyne Cot Memorial. Belgium.
Son of. Clara Alice Cowles, of “San Toy” Underhill Road. Sourh Benfleet. Essex, and the late Frederick James Cowles.
JOHN THOMAS HINE. Service No. G/12158.
Regiment/Service. Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment).
Unit Text. 6th Battalion.
Died. 30 June 1918.
Grave. II. E. 6. Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery. Albert. France.
ERNEST ALBERT CLARKE. Service No. 27403.
Regiment/Service. Northamptonshire Regiment.
Unit Text. 2nd Battalion.
Died. 24 August 1918. Age 35.
Grave. VIII. G. 11. Neiderzwehren Cemetery. Germany.
Husband of. Maggie Dora Clarke, of Diamond Jubilee Cottage. Queen Street. Southminster. Essex.
Son of. George and Harriett Clarke, of Fulham. London.
Note. Niederzwehren Cemetery was begun by the Germans in 1915 for the burial of prisoners of war. In 1922-1923 it was decided that the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who had died in other areas of Germany should be brought together into four permanent cemeteries. Niederzwehren was one of those chosen and in the following four years more than 1500 bodies were brought into the cemetery from 190 other burial grounds in Baden, Bavaria, Hanover, Hesse and Saxony. Included in the 190 burial grounds were :-
Dietkirchen Prisoners of War Cemetery.
Hamelin Prisoners of War Cemetery.
Langensalza Prisoners of War Cemeteries 1 and 2.
Meschede Prisoners of War Cemetery.
Ohrdruf Prisoners of War Cemetery.
Sennelager Prisoners of War Cemetery.
There are now 1796 identified First World War servicemen buried or commemorated in the Commonwealth plot at Niederzwehren. The majority of those died as prisoners of war.
Private Ernest Albert Clarke was probably one of them.