GEORGE WILLIAM HERBERT BENBOW (son of LESLIE HERBERT and Catherine Bertha Walsh) was b: 27 Jan 1919 in Temuka, and d: 08 Mar 2009 in Nelson. Bur: Marsden Valley Cem. Nelson George's parents lived at Maude St, Temuka and he attended Temuka Primary School from 8 Sep 1924 and secondary Timaru Tech in 20 Dec 1933. In 1935 the Timaru Technical College awarded him a senior free places in the Trades Course.
Press, 1 April 1940: Six hundred and ninety men have now enlisted at Timaru for overseas service. among them, G. W. H. Benbow, Army No: 13766. In the WW2 military forces, George, a keen bandsman, played in the Army Base Band at Madi Camp. On returning home, he was with the Kiwi Concert Party, joined the Motueka Brass Band and later switched to Dixieland Jazz. He alternated between the trombone, saxaphone and piano and lead an old time dance band.
George mar: MERLE DOREEN MARY SHERRATT in 1945 at Ashburton - b: 1923, she also loved music and possessed a fine alto voice. She attended the Ashburton East School; 1939 gained a Life Saving Royal Society Award; was a pupil of St Margaret's College High School where in Form 6 in 1940, gained First Class shield. She sang in the Anglican Church Choir in Ashburton; When living at Takaka 1946 both became involved in the Takaka Drama Society (George occ: was "mercer") and when they lived in Motueka, with the Dramatic Society. In 1956 - they lived at 73 The Ridgeway, Stoke, Nelson; occ: Warehouseman.
Merle d. 03 Jun 1959 in Marsden Valley, Nelson aged 36Y. Bur: Marsden Cem. Nelson (Block 04A Plot #1 025)
Merle and George had three children:
George 2nd mar: 1960 was to DAPHNE (MOLLY) JOYCE Taylor nee ORR - she was b. 01 Apr 1929 in Kent, England; d: 2006. When three, Daphne was adopted by the Orrs, a childless couple in Hokitika, (Her original name was Lochore.) Daphne played the violin and worked as a dental nurse in Christchurch. She mar: (1) in 1947 to Robert Samuel (Bob) Stafford (b: 18 Mar 1910 to parents Charles and Margaret Stafford; he d: 2000) (Daphne's name recorded as Doreen Joyce) Bob's family owned hotels in Christchurch - div: 1958; (2) ? Taylor - 3 children adopted by George Benbow whom Daphne mar: in 1960 - div; she mar: Francis Henry McDonald (he was b: 10 Nov 1918; d: 1998)
George and Daphne's daughter
1966 - George living at 120 Princes Drive; Manufacturing representative
1984 - Living at 120 Princes Drive Retired with wife Daphne reg. nurse and son Ian, student
1990 - Living at 120 Princes Drive; Retired with son Ian, occ; postie and wife Daphne, a Reg.nurse
1975 - Nelson electorate; living at 120 Princes Drive with wife Molly reg nurse, Barry and Christina;
2000 - 2005 Nelson electorate; living at 55 Neale Av,, Nth Nelson; Retired
George married 1995 (3) ELIZABETH McKEE
Newspaper Notice Death:George William Herbert Benbow (No 13766 2nd NZEF Base Band WW2) On March 8 2009 suddenly at his home in Nelson aged 90 years. Much treasured husband of Elizabeth and the late Merle and brother of Kath (Rotorua). Father of Ross, Gillian, Warwick (Perth) Rosemary (Melbourne) Linda, Barry and Ian. His funeral will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, Trafalgar Street, Nelson, on Thursday March 12th at 2 pm Burial: Marsden Cemetery Nelson