Percy James Benbow  

 Percy James Benbow was b: 29 Sep 1889 in Temuka to parents James and Alice Benbow. He was admitted 21 Oct 1895 to the Rangitira Valley School which he left 08 Jun 1903 to work at home.

1911: Electorate: Bruce: Percy James Benbow; Residence: Glenore Occ: Farmer 

Percy enlisted WW1 on 25th Aug 1916, Next of Kin: James Benbow; Father living at Bankside, Canterbury and he was placed on Reserve Roll: 1st Division, Nth Canterbury Recruiting District  


Percy was farewelled with a social and dance on the 6 January 1917 (Regimental No. 38256; Rank Private N.Z.E.F.) before leaving for camp and finally embarking aboard the Navua from Wellington on the 16 January 1917.  He was wounded on the 9 August 1917 but was soon back in the field with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment and on Nov 12th was reported missing. Click Here for Percy's Service Record. 


Missing: Private Percy James Benbow  is the second son of Mr James Benbow, formerly of "Carriante" Bankside, but now of Hampdon, Otago. Private Benbow was farming with his father and enlisted in the Twenty-second Reinforcements. Sister is Mrs A. Shelloch, of the Mead.


Then came the news “Killed in action on 12 October 1917Ypres, Belgium


Press, 13 May 1918: Mr James Benbow, of Hampden, and formerly of Temuka and Bankside, has received advice that his second son, Private Percy James Benbow, of the 22nd Reinforcements, who was reported missing on October 12th, 1917, has now been declared killed in action on October 12th. Private Benbow always took a keen interest in all farming pursuits, and was highly esteemed and respected throughout the district. He received his education at the Rangatira Valley School, and was 28 years of ago.


Ashburton Guardian, 16 August 1920: A memorial to members of the Ashburton A. and P. Association who fell in the Great War was unveiled by the President, Mr W. J. Taylor, at a meeting of the general committee on Saturday, all members standing in respectful silence. The memorial takes the form of a handsomely-framed picture, in which are grouped individual photos of those killed at the war. Before unveiling the memorial the president said it was a small tribute to the memory of. the men who gave their lives to their country. The names are as follows:—P. W. Doig, P. G. Rickard, T. Langley, J. G. B. Kirkness, J. M. Hampton, P. J. Benbow, C. G. McConachie, A. J. Childs, G. Hill, S. K. Osborne, M.M., and D. J. Dynefe;


Passchendaele has since 1917 been a byword for the horror of the Great War - it conjures images of  shattered landscape, of mud, shell craters and barbed wire, and of helpless soldiers mown down by machine-guns and artillery. The Belgian village of Passchendaele near Ypres in Flanders, became an objective that cost the lives of thousands of people, including many New Zealanders. The ridge leading to the village was the site of the worst disaster, in terms of lives lost, in New Zealand’s history. (Src: Passchendaele

Percy Benbow's sacrifice is remembered at Tyne Cot Memorial Cemetery Ref: N.Z. Apse, Panel 2); Temuka War Memorial and Ashburton  

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