1894 Apr 24 Born London
1901 census at 226, Goswell Road, St Luke, London
1911 census at 13 Willoughby Road Hornsey N
1914 Dec 2. RFA. The undermentioned to be temporary Second Lieutenants. Eric Wilfrid John Bence.
1915 Nov 15. lands with Mid East Force.
1917 Jun 22. R.H. & R.F.A.— Temp. 2nd Lt. E. W. J. Bence to be Adjt., and to be actg. Capt. whilst so empld., vice 2nd Lt. (actg. Lt.) A. P. Little, Spec. Res.
1917 Jul 1. The undermentioned temp. 2nd Lts. to be temp. Lts., and to retain their actg. rank where specified. :— E W J Bence
1919 Jan 1 Gazetted MC. T./Lt. (A./Capt.) Eric Wilfrid John Bence, H.Q., 87th Bde., R.F.A.
1919 Dec 13. Temp. Lt. E. W. J. Bence; M.C., relinquishes the actg. rank of Capt. on ceasing to hold the appt. of Adjt.
1920 Sep 7. Joined ADRIC with service no 493 Posted K Coy
1920 Dec 11. Injured in Dillons cross Ambush. Did not go to hospital.
1921 Feb 25. Struck off as a deserter
1921 Sep 29. Returned to claim compensation for being at Dillons Cross . Got £150 after telling a tall tale.
1922 Dec 11. He gets about £10,000 from a share flotation
1925 Apr/Jun Married in London to Dorothy S Grace
1926 Apr 2. An unexpected visitor. He is living at Wrotham Heath House.
1926 Jul 21. Travels from UK to New York with wife Dorothy. He is a farmer at Milgate Park, Maidstone, Kent
1929 Aug 7. Travels from UK to New York with wife Dorothy. He is a farmer at Milgate Park, Maidstone, Kent
1929 Oct 10 Arrives back in UK from New York.
1933 Aug 18 Travels from UK to Canada. Travels alone. He is a farmer at Milgate Park, Maidstone, Kent. Lists wife Dorothy as next of kin
1933 Oct 30. Arrives back in UK from New York.
1935 Sep 20. Travels from UK to New York. Travels alone. He is a farmer at Milgate Park, Maidstone, Kent
1936 Mar 23. Travels from UK to Rio de Janeiro. Travels alone. He is a farmer at Milgate Park, Maidstone, Kent
1936 May 7. Arrives back in UK from Rio. A retired Army Officer.
1939 Register at Millgate Ports Ashford Road , Hollingbourne R.D., Kent, With Dorothy S. He is "lae Capt in Royal Artillery"
1940 Jan 26. Area Welfare Officer of Home Counties
1940 Apr 6. RA. To be Lt. 6th Apr. 1940:— Capt. Eric Wilfrid John BENCE M.C (123459), late R.F.A.
1949 Sep 29 TA Camp as Lt Col
1953 Jan 1. Gazetted OBE. To be Ordinary Officers of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order of the British Empire:— Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Wilfrid John BENCE, M.C. (123459), Royal Regiment of Artillery, Territorial Army.
1953 Jan 1. Territorial Army Royal Artillery. Lt.-Col. E. W. J. BENCE, M.C. (123459), retires, 1st Jan. 1953.
1957 Gazetted Deputy Lieutenant of Kent. Commissions signed by the Lord Lieutenant of the County of Kent. Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Wilfrid John Bence, O.B.E., M.C., of Milgate Park, Bearsted, Maidstone.
1965 Sep 8 Died
1965 The Nat Archives has papers relating to the transfer of Milgate Chantry from the estate of the late Colonel E. W. J. Bence to the church