Frederick Henry Benlow

Date of birth: 1893
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 21390
Rank: 2nd Corporal
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Battalion: G Depot Convoy
Died: 26 November 1918, aged 26 years
Buried: Southampton Hollybrook Cemetery (B, 01, 35)


Life before the War

Frederick was the second of 8 siblings born to Robert and Ellen Elizabeth  (nee Jones).  Robert was born in Plymouth in 1865 and worked for the Ordnance Survey as a photographer.  Ellen was born in Southampton in 1871.

At the 1911 census the family resided at 93 Wilton Road, Shirley.  Robert died in the city in 1928, but Ellen was 95 when she passed away in Winchester in 1966.

Frederick’s 7 siblings were:

Dorothy Elizabeth b. 1892 Southampton d. 1937 Southampton.
Married Edward G. Diggens in Southampton in 1916.

Reginald Fields b. 1895 Southampton d. 1948 Southampton.
Married Margaret M. Lawrence in Southampton in 1919.

Jessie May b. 1896 Southampton d. 1970 Droxford.
Married John D. Kerr in Southampton in 1919.

Robert Fields b. 1897 Southampton d. 1979 Southampton.
Married Zillah F. Clifford in Alton in 1930.

Gertrude A. F. b. 1900 Southampton d. 1977 Liverpool.
Married Alexander L. Gow in Southampton in 1920.

Wilfred Fields b. 1907 Southampton d. not known but alive in 1974.
Married Elizabeth Gordon Ferguson in Montreal 17th June 1933.

Alfred Fields b. 1907 Southampton d. 1984 Chorley.
Married Elsie Kay in Dewsbury in 1933. Wilfred and Alfred were almost certainly twins.


War Service

Fred Benlow's headstone

Fred Benlow’s headstone

G, L and M companies were part of the Depot Battalion that was responsible for receiving back soldiers from the Expeditionary Force and for training recruits into the Special Companies (tunneling, gas etc).

Frederick was definitely in the UK at the Armistice because he succumbed to “illness” in a Southampton hospital.  He is one of 113 WW1 burials at Hollybrook Cemetery, nearly all of them to be found near the main entrance.

The Hollybrook Memorial commemorates the 1900 Commonwealth servicemen and women whose graves are not known; many of them were lost in vessels in home waters.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 25/07/2015
Updated:  17/03/2016

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