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Richard Bench WW1 - ( 4or 5 cousins - all brothers KIA?)

mbenne

master brummie
Can anyone help. Many years ago my Grandmother (Nee Bench) mentioned that cousins were commemorated on the war memorial outside St Mary's Church, Warwick

There are 3 names on the memorial , Charles ,Ernest , Joseph who were actually my GGf Richard's cousins and was living with their parents at the time of the 1891 census (his mother having died and his father and brothers working away from home ). Thomas, it seems is a third son but is commemorated on a Memorial at st Nicholas' Church, Warwick. There may have been two other relatives kia but I cant find a family link -Thomas William Bench, Machine Gun Corps and Joseph Bench Private 16211 . Are there any photographs of these two or press articles? There may have been other cousins, named Bench in the Royal Navy but I cannot confirm this.

Charles William - Age 39
Rank & Number: Sergeant, 6266
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 10th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of death: Monday, July 23, 1917
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action at Arras
Commemorated/Buried: Crump Trench British Cemetery, Pas de Calais
Awards: 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated at: St Mary's

Thomas Bench - Age 37
Rank & Number: Private, 260264
Regiment/Service: 2nd/8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 183rd Brigade, 61st Division
Date of death: Thursday, November 15, 1917
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action at Greenland Hill, Arras
Commemorated/Buried: Brown's Copse Cemetery, Pas de Calais
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated at: St Nicholas Church

Ernest William - Age 26
Rank & Number: Sergeant, 950
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 22nd Brigade, 7th Division
Date of death: Saturday, September 25, 1915
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in Action - Battle of Loos
Commemorated/Buried: Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Pas de Calais
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated at: St Mary's

Joseph Bench - Age 25
Rank & Number: Sergeant, 1558
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 10th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of death: Wednesday, April 11, 1917
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in Action - First Battle of the Scarpe
Commemorated/Buried: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais
Awards: 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated at: St Mary's

My GGf was Richard Bench, served with the Royal Warwickshire Regt 534515 , having been assigned to the Labour corps, regt No 3016 after being gassed in the trenches.
 
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MWS

master brummie
There are also 2 men called Joseph Bench of the Royal Warwickshire commemorated. One has no relatives listed (1st Battalion) but the other was the son of Tom and Elizabeth Bench of Rugby (10th Battalion).

Sorry, it seems you know most of this already.

The Joseph with no relatives listed was the husband of Ada Essex, they married in Coventry 1915.
 
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MWS

master brummie
The Joseph of Sun Street Rugby, his father Tom was born in Ladbroke, Warks as was his father George. So if they are related it's further back than that.
 
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