Henry Walker Benson

Date of birth: 1876
Place of birth: South Shields
Service No.: 260137
Rank: Private
Regiment: Worcestershire
Battalion:  1/8th (T.F)
Died: 19 August 1917, aged 41 years
Buried: Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No.3, Belgium


Life before the War
Henry was the youngest of 5 known siblings of William and Mary Ann Benson (nee Anderson).

The parents had a total of 8 siblings, but 3 must have died in their infancy.

William was born in Whitby in 1836 and he died in Southampton in 1913.

Mary was born in Newcastle in 1838 and she passed away in Southampton a year after her husband.

Four of the five children were born in South Shields and it is not known when the family moved to Southampton.

At the 1911 census they were living in Newlands Road, Shirley.  Interestingly, the 1911 census shows that all 3 female siblings were living with their parents without their husbands.


  1. Robert Anderson b. 1865 d. 1936 Southampton Married Mabel Kersey Harper in Southampton in 1899.
  2. Isabella Hope Collingrove b. 17.4.1870 at sea d. 1940 Southampton. Isabella was christened in Adelaide in 1870. She married John Hamilton in Southampton in 1895.
  3. Dorothy b. 1873 d. 1956 New Forest Married Edward Daniel Shepherd in Huddersfield in 1902.
  4. Margaret b. 1875 d. 1911 Southampton Married George Matthew Wallis in Southampton in 1904.
  5. Henry Walker


War Service
Henry started life in the Norfolk Regiment before transferring to the Worcestershire. The battalion mobilised for war in March 1915, and landed at Boulogne on 31 March. The formation became the 144th Brigade of the 48th (South Midland) Division on the 13 May 1915 and fought mainly on the Western Front.

In 1917, the Division was part of the German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line and they occupied Peronne as part of that action.

After Henry’s death, the Division spent a short time fighting in Italy before ending the war in France. Henry almost certainly died during the Battle of Langemarck, fought between 16th and 18th of August 1917.

This action was the second Allied attack of the Third Battle of Ypres.

Brandhoek was within the area considered comparatively safe from shell fire, and field ambulances were posted there continuously. No. 3 cemetery opened in August 1917 and continued in use until May 1918. It contains a total of 1975 WW1 burials.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 25/07/2015

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