Born: 1887, Ipswich.
Died: 29th September 1917; age 30; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 10th October 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/9382
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.
Brandhoek New Military Cemetery. No. 3.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles Samuel & Caroline Bennett, of Ipswich.
1891 38, Dorkin Street, Ipswich.
John was 3 years old and living with his parents, siblings & paternal grandmother.
Charles Samuel Bennett, a Foundry Labourer, born Ipswich.
Caroline Bennett (nee Collins), 32, born Ipswich.
Charles Bennett, 12, born Ipswich.
Caroline Sarah Bennett, 9, born Ipswich.
Alice Sarah A. Bennett, 6, born Ipswich.
Emily Jane Bennett, 3, born Ipswich.
Jane Beatrice Bennett, 6 months, born Ipswich.
Sarah Bennett, 70, a widow, born Ipswich.
1901 38, Dorkin Street, Ipswich.
John was 13 years old and living with his parents & sisters.
Charles, 42, an Iron Foundry Labourer.
Caroline, 19, a Tailoress.
Alice, 6, a General Domestic Servant.
Lily Rose Bennett, 4, born Ipswich.
1911 38, Dorkin Street, Ipswich.
John was 23 years old, a Railway Labourer. He was living with his widowed mother & sisters.
Caroline, 53, a Charwoman.
Jane, 20, a Stay Factory Hand.
Lily, 14, a Stay Factory Hand.
John’s father Charles Samuel Bennett, died 1901, Ipswich.
John is also remembered on St. Clement’s Church WW1 War Memorial
THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT 2nd Battalion:
26th – 29th September 1917
2nd Battalion the Suffolk regiment attacked between St. Julien and Tower Hamlets in the Zonnebeke area.
The 2nd Battalion assault began at 05:30 in thick mist adding to the difficulties in communications between each unit coming up against concrete pill boxes. The assault was a success and the honour of capturing the village of Zonnebeke fell to the 2nd Battalion. During the evening a strong counter attack began but was repelled. This continued the next evening with snipers and aircraft attacking during the day. Over 4 days the Battalion received 258 casualties.