Killed in Action 1917. Not Commemorated Locally.

Born, resided or with links to Benfleet

Horace Louis Morrow. M.M.
Copyright. Mr. Alan Cooper.
St. Leger British Cemetery. France.
Copyright. Mr. Alan Cooper.
Arthur Henry Lewsey.
Copyright. Mr. Alan Cooper.
Croisilles British Cemetery. France.
Copyright. Mr. Alan Cooper.

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.

JOHN WILLIAM POWELL.  Service No. G/40779.
Rank.  Private.
Regiment/Service.  Middlesex Regiment.
Unit Text.  12th. Battalion (formally 2686) 2nd. Battalion 3rd County of Yeomany (Sharpshooters).
Died.  17 February 1917.  Age 20.
Memorial.  Thiepval Memorial.  France.

Son of.  Charles and Mary Ann Powell, of Alma Villa.  High Street.  South Benfleet.  Essex.

HARRY BENJAMIN MEEN.  Service No. 20890.
Rank.  Private.
Regiment/Service.  King’s (Shropshire Light Infantry).
Unit Text.  5th Battalion.
Died.  18 March 1917.
Memorial.  Bay 7.  Arras Memorial.  France.

ARTHUR HENRY LEWSEY.  Service No. 10570.
Rank.  Lance Corporal.
Regiment/Service.  Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).
Unit Text.  62nd Coy.
Died.  2 June 1917.  Age 20.
Grave.  1. B. 10.  Croisilles British Cemetery.  France.

Son of.  Arthur Ernest James Lewsey and Mary Ann Lewsey, of Bowers Cottage.  London Road.  Pitsea.  Essex.

Arthur Henry Lewsey is commemorated on two Memorial Plaques on Canvey Island.  Essex.
1.  St. Nicholas Church.  Long Road.
2.  Royal British Legion.  Denham Road.

WALTER WELFORD ODAMS.  Service No. 55248.
Rank.  Private.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Fusiliers.
Unit Text.  7th. Battalion.
Died.  17 July 1917.  Age 40.
Grave.  I. H. 23.  Bailleul Road East Cemetery.  St. Laurent-Blangy.  France.

Husband of.  Emily Rose E. Odams, of “Bailleul” Brook Road.  South Benfleet.  Essex.

Son of.  Walter and Mary Odams, of Highbury.  London.

SAMUEL JAMES THEOBALD.  Service No. 144721.
Rank.  Gunner.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Garrison Artillery.
Unit Text.  6th Siege Battery.
Died.  31 July 1917.  Age 38.
Grave.  VIII. E. 2.  Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery.  France.

Husband of.  Mrs. S. E. Fuller (formally Theobald), of Hart Road.  Thundersley.  Essex.

Son of.  Mr. and Mrs. Theobald.

CHARLES POLLEY.  Service No. 119652.
Rank.  Gunner.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Garrison Artillery.
Unit Text.  288th Siege Battery.
Died.  4 August 1917.  Age 19.
Memorial.    Panel 9.  Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Son of.  John and Mary Polley, of North Staines Farm.  Bowers Gifford.  Essex.

CHARLES JAMES BROWN.  Service No. 40487.
Rank.  Private.
Regiment/Service.  Bedfordshire Regiment.
Unit Text.  7th Battalion.
Died.  14 August 1917.  Age 37.
Grave.  III. L. 1B.  Mont Huon Military Cemetery.  France.

Husband of.  Martha Agnes Brown, of 14 Burnaby Road.  Southend-on-Sea.  Essex.

 JAMES EDWARD ANDERSON.  Service No. Z/1278.

Rank.  Rifleman.
Regiment/Service.  Rifle Brigade.
Unit Text.  12th Battalion.
Died.  20 September 1917.  Age 32.
Memorial.  Panel145-147.  Tyne Cot Memorial.  Belgium.

Husband of.  Lottie Castaline Anderson, of ‘Jesmond Dene.’ Jotmans Lane.  South Benfleet.  Essex.  Formerly of 12 Marquis Road, Camden Town, London. NW1.

Father of.  Irene Grace Anderson and Dorothy Emily Anderson.

James was born in Sturry, Canterbury, Kent, circa 1885.  He enlisted into the Army at Islington on 2 September 1914 and posted to the 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade on the Western Front on 2 March 1916.  Twelve days later he was admitted to the 17th General Hospital at Rouen and remained as a patient for five days.  After rejoining the battalion he became a member of “C” Company and while serving with them received a gunshot wound to the neck on 1 July 1917, which necessitated his return to England via the 24th General Hospital at Etaples, Pas de Calais.   Following treatment he returned to the Western Front and was posted to the 12th (Service) Battalion Rifle Brigade and was with them when he was reported missing in action.  His death being confirmed later. 

Rank.  Corporal.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Unit Text.  16th. Battalion.
Died.  9 October 1917.
Memorial.  Panel 23-28 and 163A.  Tyne Cot Memorial.  Belgium.

ERNEST GEORGE NEVILLE.  Service No. 42350.
Rank.  Private.
Regiment/Service.  Manchester Regiment.
Unit Text.  2nd/7th Battalion.
Died.  9 October 1917.  Age 28.
Memorial.  Panel 120-124 and 162-162A and 163A.  Tyne Cot Memorial.  Belgium.

Husband of.  Elizabeth Jane Neville, of 2 Osborne Road.  Bowers Gifford.  Essex.

Son of.  George and Eliza Neville, of 1 Osborne Road.  Bowers Gifford.  Essex.

WILLIAM JOHN BURRELLS.  Service No. 26888.
Rank.  Private.
Regiment/Service.  Essex Regiment.
Unit Text.  2nd Battalion.
Died.  10 October 1917.  Age 26.
Memorial.  Panel98-99.  Tyne Cot Memorial.  Belgium.
Memorial.  Great Wakering War Memorial.  Great Wakering.  Essex.

Son of.  Mrs. Eliza Burrells, of May Cottages.  Shoebury Road.  Great Wakering.  Essex.

HORACE LOUIS MORROW.  MM.  Service No. 11165.
Rank.  Corporal.
Regiment/Service.  Hampshire Regiment.
Unit Text.  11th Battalion.
Died.  21 November 1917.  Age 24.
Grave.  Section G. 7.  St. Leger British Cemetery.  France.

Son of.  Mrs. Evangeline Morrow, of ‘High View.’  South Benfleet.  Essex.

Note.  Awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery In The Field’

W. T. GOODWIN.  Service No.  554083.
Rank.  Rifleman.
Regiment/Service. London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles).
Unit Text.  16th. Battalion.
Died.  30 November 1917.  Age 28.
Grave.  III. B. 1.  Moeuvres Communal Cemetery Extension.  France.

Husband of.  Jessie Isabel Goodwin, of “Brookleigh”  Thundersley Park Road.  South Benfleet.  Essex.

Son of.  John and Elizabeth Goodwin, of Normacott.  Yorkshire.

ARTHUR JAMES ALDEN. Service No. 157357.
Rank. Chief Petty Officer.
Regiment/Service. Royal Navy.
Unit Text. H.M.S. “Partridge.”
Died. 12 December 1917. Age 43.
Memorial.  Portsmouth Naval Memorial.  Hampshire.

Husband of.  Emily B. Alden, of Jubilee Road. Waterlooville. Hampshire.

Son of.  Arthur James Alden.

THOMAS CONNOR.  Service No. 592526.
Rank.  Rifleman.
Regiment/Service.  London Regiment.
Unit Text.  2nd/18th Battalion.
Died.  23 December 1917.
Grave.  T. 16.  Jerusalem War Cemetery.  Israel.

CHARLES SMITH.  Service No. 96207.
Rank.  Mechanician.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Navy.
Unit Text.  H.M.S. “Surprise.”
Died.  23 December 1917.  Age 36.
Grave.  36 ‘s Gravenzande General Cemetery.  Holland.

Commemorated.  On a grave surround in Great Wakering Cemetery.  Great Wakering.  Essex.

Husband of.  Mrs. E. J. Smith, of High Street.  Great Wakering.  Essex.

Son of.  The late James and Elizabeth Smith, of South Benfleet.  Essex.


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