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Bence

aka Ross & Starkie-Bence

BENCE, Charles Douglas Bunbury Starkie 1887-1969 see under ROSS

BENCE, Edward Starkie [JP] 1862-1937

Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 4.7.1862.  Parents: Robert Starkie Bence (Magistrate and Landowner) and Eliza Charlotte Albinia Sulivan.  Family Connections: Uncle of Charles Douglas Bunbury Ross [1887] and Edmund Starkie Ross [1889].  Home: Kentwell Hall, Long Melford (1871), 2 Clifton Gardens, Folkstone, Kent [1882], Kentwell Hall, Long Melford [1888 to 1937].  Service Record: Edward was granted a commission as a Second Lieutenant with the West Suffolk Regiment in 1881, by 1885 he has been promoted to Captain in 3rd [Militia] Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.  He was a Magistrate at the Long Melford Petty Sessions between 1892 and 1925, and in 1922 is recorded as one of the 14 vice-presidents of the Long Melford Ex-Service Men’s Club.  Died: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk on 4.4.1937.[1]

[1] Address from Kelly’s Directory for Kent.  For notification of commissions see London Gazette 22.3.1881, p.1309 and 23.10.1885, p.4883.  Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.

BENCE, Richmond Douglas Starkie 1916-1941 see under ROSS

ROSS, Charles Douglas Bunbury 1887-1969

Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 19.8.1887.  In 1938 Charles changed his surname by Deed Poll from Ross to Starkie-Bence.  Parents: Charles Edmund Ross (Gentleman and Banker) and Leila Emily Katherine Starkie Bence of Kentwell Hall, Long Melford.  Family Connections: Father to Richmond Douglas Starkie-Bence [b1916]; also, brother to Edmund Starkie Ross [b1889] and nephew of Edward Starkie Bence [b1862] of Kentwell Hall.  Home: North Lyminge, Elham, Kent (1891), recorded as Charles D. B. Starkie-Bence of Kentwell Hall, Long Melford (1939).  Occupation: Farmer in Canada [1915], Landowner and Parish Organiser for Air Raid Precautions in Long Melford (1939).  Married: Maithal Gertrude Halhed in 1915.  Service Record: Before 1914 Charles served for four years with 2nd [Volunteer] Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment in England, and 38th Victoria Fusiliers in Canada.  He enlisted on 18.3.1915 as Sgt.430637 with 48th Battalion [British Columbia] as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, embarking for England on 1.7.1915.  He was granted a commission as a Second Lieutenant on 28.12.1915, later promoted to Lieutenant with The Royal Sussex Regiment, being posted to France from 5.3.1916.  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1969.[1]

[1] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 24.8.1887, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.  For notice of Deed Poll see London Gazette 15.5.1938, p.3166.  For his military record see Library and Archives of Canada [ref: RG 150/609873], also see his Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].  For notice of his commission see London Gazette 18.1.1916, p.741.

ROSS, Edmund Starkie 1889-1962

Born: Elham, Kent on 21.2.1889.  Parents: Charles Edmund Ross (Gentleman and Banker) and Leila Emily Katherine Starkie Bence of Kentwell Hall, Long Melford.  Family Connections: Brother to Charles Douglas Bunbury Ross [b1887], also, uncle of Richmond Douglas Starkie-Bence [b1916] and nephew of Edward Starkie Bence [b1862] of Kentwell Hall.  Home: North Lyminge, Elham, Kent (1891), St Michaels, Barrow Green Road, Oxsted, Surrey (1911), 11 Graham Street, Knightsbridge, London [1921 to 1925], Ruffield, Hill Brow, Bromley, Kent [1930 to 1962].  Occupation: Insurance Clerk (1911 to 1939).  Married: Dorothy May Faber in 1927.  Service Record: Edmund was attested as Pte.764614 with 1/28th [County of London] Battalion [Artist’s Rifles], London Regiment, being posted to Bailleul in France on 16.2.1917 for officer training.  On 23.7.1917 he was granted a commission with the Labour Corps; however, it is not known where he served.  Died: Como, Lombardy, Italy on 16.9.1962.[1]

[1] Date of birth from the 1939 Register for Bromley, Kent.  Address taken from Kelly’s Directory for Kent 1930.  See also his Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372].  Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.

ROSS, Richmond Douglas Starkie 1916-1941

Born: Eton, Buckinghamshire on 1.7.1916.  In 1938 his father changed the family surname by Deed Poll from Ross to Starkie-Bence.  Parents: Nephew of Charles Douglas Starkie-Bence [né Ross] of Kentwell Hall, Long Melford [see above for military record] and Maithal Gertrude [née Halhed].  Family Connections: Edmund Starkie Ross [b1889].  Home: Chemainus, North Cowichan, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada [1921], Kentwell Hall, Long Melford (1939).  Occupation: Timber Yard Foreman in Canada (1939).  Service Record: Richmond enlisted as No.957734 with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve serving in 48 Squadron as part of Coastal Command.  The Squadron, formed initially as a General Reconnaissance unit was by 1941 relocated to Stornaway in the Outer Hebrides, changing its mission to an anti-submarine role patrolling the North Sea.  Died: Rising to the rank of sergeant Starkie-Bence was acting as an air gunner aboard Avro Anson Mk.1 [W1789] when it accidentally crashed into the sea east of the Isle of Harris, after striking a davit when flying low over the sloop HMS Hebe on 5.9.1941.  Richmond is commemorated on a number of memorials including the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede, Egham, Surrey [panel 52]; War Memorial, Duncan, British Colombia, Canada and Long Melford War Memorial.[1]

[1] For details of crash see the Allied Airman Roll of Honour; also see Commonwealth War Graves Commission and National Probate Calendar.

Research by David Gevaux MA © 2022

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