Image courtesy of Downing College, Cambridge.

Downing College Association Football 1907-8

Sydney is remembered on the war memorial at Springfield School, Ipswich – where he was a School Master.


Born: 1888, Kirkley, Suffolk.

Died: 20th July 1916; age: 28; KiA.

Occupation: School Master in Egypt.

Date of Entry Therein: 10th February 1916 – France.


Rank: Second Lieutenant.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion.

Formerly Private, 3710, of the Royal Fusiliers.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 1C & 2A.

Thiepval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Henry & Mary Bennett, of Springfield Villas, Station Road, North Walsham, Norfolk.




1891   Freeman Street, Wells-Next-the-Sea, Norfolk.


Sydney was 2 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

Henry Garner Bennett, 33, a Primitive Methodist Minister, born Milford, Derbyshire.

Mary Bennett (nee Spooner), 33, born Lyng, Norfolk.

Lilian Mary Bennett, 5, born East Harling, Norfolk.

Constance Daisy Bennett, 1, born Wells-Next-the-Sea.


1901   24, Garland Street, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Sydney was 12 years old and living with his father & sisters.


Henry, 44, a Primitive Methodist Minister.

Lilian, 15, an Infant Teacher – School.

Constance, 11.

In 1901, Sydney’s mother, 41 year old, Mary was a visitor to 30 year old, Frederick Charles & 27 year old, Emma Henrietta Hayden, at their home – 126, Gwydir Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.


Soldiers’ Effects to Rev. Henry Bennett – father.


Parents images courtesy of Dr. Jill Barber. Visit our community archive for Primitive Methodism at:


Image 1907-8 Downing College Association Football 

The obituary in the Downing College magazine, The Griffin (Michaelmas 1916)

Sydney Garner Bennett (Bennett, S. G., Suffolk Regt., Lieut.), killed instantaneously in action by a shell on 21 July 1916 was the only son of the Rev. H. and Mrs. Bennett, of Clacton-on-Sea. The Rev. H. Bennett was stationed at Cambridge for four years as Primitive Methodist minister. Lieut. Bennett was educated at the East Anglian School, Bury St. Edmunds, and the Higher Grade School, Cambridge. Whilst teaching at Springfield School, Ipswich, he gained a scholarship, and passed on to Downing College in 1907, where after a successful career he secured a good position in the teaching profession in Egypt. After war broke out he enlisted in the Suffolks, receiving his commission about 15 months ago [mid 1915]. He had served several months in the trenches. He was good at cricket, and often played for Suffolk, as well as for his college.

Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion.

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


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