William is remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park, however, his nameplate has been added to the First World War memorial.
Photographs courtesy of Julia.
Born: 1st April 1906, Ipswich.
Died: 26th May 1943; age 37.
Residence: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Rank: Warrant Officer Class II; Service Number: 5822633.
Originally buried at La Borgel Civil Cemetery, Tunis. Body exhumed, identified and re-buried 16th August 1944 at Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Charles & Ellen Elizabeth Bennett, of Ipswich; husband of Ada Mildred Bennett, of Suffolk.
1911 23, Hill Street, Ipswich.
William was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
William Charles Bennett, 38, a Platelayer – Railway Company, born Ipswich.
Ellen Elizabeth Bennett (nee Ranson), 28, born Ipswich.
Albert Sydney Bennett, 3, born Ipswich.
Francis Leslie Bennett, 2, born Ipswich – died 1912, Ipswich.
Ruby Irene Bennett, 2 months, born Ipswich.
On the 24th February 1927, at St. Mary’s Church, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, William married Ada Mildred Hammond, born April 1904, Bury St. Edmunds, daughter of Arthur Hammond, a roadman for the Urban District Council and Anna Sophia Hammond (nee Cutts), of 56, Westgate Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
They had 1 son:
Desmond Nigel Bennett, born June 1927, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
November 1941: The Battalion was converted to a regiment in the Royal Armoured Corps. It became 142nd Regiment RAC. It served in North Africa and Italy.
1943: It landed at Algiers equipped with Churchill tanks.
April 1943: In action at the Battle of Medjez-el Bab in Tunisia.