Other names: Edward William Lewis
Locations in this story: Westminster, LondonEnfield, LondonShaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersGolders Green, London
Story: Edward William Lewis Bennett was born in 1891 in the Westminster, London, Registry area the son of William G. Bennett and Harriett Emily Bennett (nee Dawn). He lived much of his early life in London but received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, which establishment he left in 1907. He enlisted as a Territorial with the 11th Battalion of the County of London Regiment as a Private (Service No. 897). He attended annual training camps up until the outbreak of war. He was embodied on 12 Aug 1914 and was transferred to the 1/11th Regiment of the London Rifles (Service No. 2284). He was posted to France and Flanders. He was again transferred to the Royal Flying Corps (later the Royal Air Force) on 8 Jan 1917 as a Fitter (Service No. 403082). He had received wounds to his knee and head and was treated at the 22nd Casualty Clearing Station on 14 Nov 1918 (the wounds probably predated the Armistice). He was discharged on the 16 Feb 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. There is some uncorroborated evidence that he married. It is known he died at the Manor House Hospital, Golders Green, London, in 1938 and was buried on 20 Aug 1938.