BENBOW, John Whitton
(Service number 65069)

Aliases Jack
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 2 August 1883 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Hampden, Otago
Occupation Farmer for W O Mckellar (later changed to NZ Australian Co)
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs A H Benbow (mother), Hampden (later Methven)
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 36th Reinforcements, A Company
Date 23 April 1918
Transport Willochra
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 2 May 1956 Age 74
Place of Death Ashburton
Memorial or Cemetery Rakaia Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Whitton Benbow, named after the birthplace of his grandmother Mary, was born in Temuka on 2 August 1883.

The family appears to have moved from the region prior to enlistment. John appears in the 1911 Electoral records as a farmer in Waitohi, but by 1914 had moved to Bankside in the Selwyn Electorate. On enlistment in 1917 he appears to have moved again as he gave his last address as Hampden, Otago, where his next of kin (mother) was also at the time. HE had attempted to appeal his enlistment (supported by his employer, Mr WO McKellar of the NZ & australian Land Co), according to a report in the Otagop Witness on 27 August 1917, which was rejected as being lodged too late. The Oamaru Mail reported on 3 January 1920 that John, along with other local soldiers, was warmly welcomed home at the Athenaeum Hall at Hampden.

After the war John married Eliza (Lizzie) Muckle on 30 May 1928.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (18 June 2015); see also Winsome Griffin's family history pages at; SCRoll web submission by W Griffin, 4 December 2015 & 22 May 2020; Electoral rolls via

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