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.

Regiment: 142nd (Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion) Royal Armoured Corps.


Originally buried at La Borgel Civil Cemetery, Tunis. Body exhumed, identified and re-buried 16th August 1944 at Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery.

Grave Reference:


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.


7th Battalion
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.


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