Reginald Whitcliffe & Agnes Benbow   Family Chart
Marriage Reginald Benbow and Agnes Cain  

REGINALD WHITCLIFFE BENBOW  was 2 Mar 1890 in Geraldine to parents William Charles and Edith Benbow, and died 08 Jul 1970 in Temuka aged 80Y Bur: 09 Jul 1970, Temuka Cemetery, Section C, Block 0 Plot 683

Reg first attended Geraldine school and was admitted to Temuka Primary School 26 Aug 1895. He left Oct 1901 after passing Std 4 to work for his father in the family contracting business of traction engines and harvesting machines.

Original Temuka Brass Band. Rear: William Benbow, ?, Charles Double, Jack Burns
Seated: Bill Cross; ?, J Alfrey, Herbert (Les) Benbow and Reginald Benbow (Abt. 1907)

In the Benbow tradition, Reg was a brass bandsman, playing the trombone and later the double bass - his daughter remembered having to clean it regularly for pocket money. The Temuka Brass Band was short of players during the second World War. Reg was the conductor and sought to introduce women into the band (one, an uncooperative daughter.) He took tutorial groups with young players in addition to the weekly practice and more, if there was a contest coming.

1911 - Electorate: Temuka Number: 422 Surname: Benbow Given Name: Reginald Wycliff; Residence: 54 Ormsby Street Temuka Occ: labourer

WW1 Category Nominal Roll Vol 1; Regimental No. 6/1241; Rank Lance Corporal; Body or Draft Second; Unit or Regiment Canterbury Infantry Batln; Marital status S; Last NZ address Ormsby St., Temuka; Next of Kin W C Benbow, father living at Ormsby St, Temuka

Marriage Reginald Benbow and Agnes Cain    

1914: Reginald with war service looming and that he was now 30, made the decision to marry AGNES CAIN prior to leaving. They were wed on 13 Apr 1914 in Temuka. Agnes was the daughter of SAMUEL CAIN and SARAH EAGLE (b: 28 Sep 1883 at Seadown, Timaru)

agnes - 1920's
      Above: Agnes (1922)
      Below: Agnes and daughter Ina

School Records - Name CAIN Agnes; School Seadown; Reg. No 60; Admission Date 30 Mar 1891; Parent / Guardian CAIN Samuel; Address Seadown; Birthdate 28 Sep 1883; Last School None; Last Day ; Destination Home

School Records - Name CAIN Agnes; School Temuka; Reg. No 477; Admission Date 8 Jul 1895; Parent / Guardian H Cain; Address Temuka; Birthdate 04 May 1883; Last School Waimate

1914 Dec. 14: Reginald Benbow: Military District - Canterbury; Body on Embarkation 2nd Reinforcements; Embarkation Unit Canterbury Infantry Battalion; Embarkation Place of Embarkation Wellington, New Zealand; Transport HMNZT 13 or HMNZT 14 or HMNZT 15; Vessel Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter; Destination Suez, Egypt;

1915 - Press Report - Evening Post, 20 May : WOUNDED CANTERBURY BATTALION .6/1241 Pte. Reginald Benbow (W. C. Benbow, Ormsby -street, Temuka, father)

1915 May 27: WW1 Private R Benbow; Wounded  Father W C Benbow, Ormsby St. Temuka; of the Canterbury Inf Battalian, proceeding to England July 1 1815; July 8 Military Hospital Exeter

1915 1st Jul:  BENBOW, R Proceeding to England Private Military Hospital, Exeter

1917 2nd Jan:  Otago Daily Times: BACK FROM THE WAR CANTERBURY INFANTRY BATTALION. Private Benbow, Reginald, labourer (NOK William Charles Benbow, Ormsby street, Temuka).

SOLDIERS RETURNING PARTY DUE AT AUCKLAND THIS WEEK. A nominal roll of invalids and other soldiers who aro returning to New Zealand by a steamer duo at Auckland on January 3 was issued last week. The roll showed that thero aro 94 officers and men on the vessel, and that nine of tho officers are returning to the dominion on duty. Listed on board, together with their military rank, civil occupations, and name and address of next-of-kin, was Reginald Benbow.

Reginald joined the New Zealand Railways and worked in the Mid to North Canterbury regions, Eeling and Culverden. The means of transport was a Norton motorbike which could take the family out with Agnes and their baby son Gordon b: 1916 in the side car.

1925 - Temuka electorate. Living at North Belt with wife Agnes; labourer

Reginald bought a farm property at Hilton near Geraldine - over 100 acres of mixed cropping and dairy. Here they bought their first car, a small van with an enclosed cab and an open tray. It had glass windows and was used to take the cream cans to the Geraldine cheese factory.

Daughter Ina is born and the children loved to ride the draught horses and help feed out the turnips and mangels from the sledge to the cattle in winter. If too generous, the milk tasted turnip flavoured. Ina recalls even at five years old she had her special cows to milk, docile friesians not the temperamental Jerseys and milking was done by hand. Agnes loved birds and had an wonderful aviary with a great variety of gaily coloured small birds. A gentle hobby for a gentle lady. 

1935 - Temuka electorate; living at Milford with wife Agnes. These were the depression years - a time of extreme financial difficulty and the farm was lost. Both Reg and son Gordon found employment at the NZ Insulators (now known as Temuka Potteries, then in 1938 Reg managed one of Andrew Guild's farms at Milford east of Temuka.

In 1940, Agnes's ill health forced a move closer to medical services in Temuka 1946- Waimate electorate; living at Hayhurst St, Temuka; labourer with wife Agnes, dau Ina and son Gordon

Agnes d: at Hayhurst St. Temuka  in Sept. 1946 - her burial was at the Temuka Cem. on 13 Sep 

1956 - Bay of Plenty; living with daughter Ina at 59 Gouldstone Rd; Whakatane; Retired

Reg had been a keen rugby player and a Temuka association representative player in his youth - he remained a supporter until a week before he died. In his latter years he became obsessed with indoor and outdoor bowling and his skill won many club championships. 

1963 - After 18 years as a widower, Reg married in 1963 LILLIAN (MIFF) LOUISE MACCARTY. (She was the daughter of Elizabeth Beale and Justin Charles McCartie and was b: 25 Mar 1888. She was taught the piano in Timaru. 2 sisters of Richard Pearse who were accomplished violinists and pianists and Miff were a trio who were in great demand at concerts. She died 14 Jul 1970 aged 80 Y. Crem. Salisbury Park, Timaru

1966 - Ashburton Electorate; Reg is living at Neal St, Temuka; Retired



Reg and Lilian Benbow

Family Photo: Reg and Agnes Benbow with their children


i. REGINALD GORDON* BENBOW b. 24 Oct 1916, Timaru; d. 11 Nov 2000, Parklands Hospital, Christchurch.


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