All quoted data is the editor's interpretation from the National Archives.

BENDALL Herbert Henry Sergeant, died 28/04/1917 aged 23 born Newport, Essex resided at Ugley. Enlisted Service No. 12069, Essex Regiment 13th Battalion. Parents lived at the Gatehouse, Ugley. Remembered at The Arras Memorial.

Herbert was Killed in Action when his regiment were taking part in an early morning attack on Oppy Wood/Village on 28th April 1917. His body was never recovered form the battle field and has no known grave therefore like many others his name is inscribed on The Arras Memorial.
At the time the war diary stated that over 200 soldiers were missing presumed dead in the attack, this figure probably reduced as some soldiers found their way back to their line but it was a massive loss for the 13th Essex Regiment.Herbert was Killed in Action when his regiment were taking part in an early morning attack on Oppy Wood/Village on 28th April 1917. His body was never recovered form the battle field and has no known grave therefore like many others his name is inscribed on The Arras Memorial.

At the time the war diary stated that over 200 soldiers were missing presumed dead in the attack, this figure probably reduced as some soldiers found their way back to their line but it was a massive loss for the 13th Essex Regiment.

The Essex Newsman reported on 4 May 1918 that Mr and Mrs Bendall from Heham had received news that their only son Sgt H. Bendall who was missing since 28 April 1917 was now presumed dead. He had served nearly two years in France, and was 23 years of age.


Thanks to Glyn Warwick for providing details from the battalion war diaries. He is written a book about the fallen heroes of Stansted Mountfitchet, "They Sleep In Heroes Graves" ISBN 978-0-9558964-0-8