Other names: Frederick Harry
Locations in this story: Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireBerwich St. John, WiltshireAndover, HampshireFrance & FlandersPossingworth Park, SussexEastbourne, Sussex
Story: Frederick Harry Bennett was born in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, in 1889 the son of Thomas Bennett and Ann (Annie) Bennett (nee Witt). He lived his early life with his family at either Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, or Ashcombe, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire. He married Agnes Marjorie Ingram in the Andover Registration District, Hampshire, in 1910. He enlisted with the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 36457). He was transferred to the Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 76119) and served in France and Flanders where it is understood he was a sniper. After his discharge he was awarded the British War Medal. (There are no surviving military records in this case.) By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 1 Vicarage Road, Wallingford, Berkshire. He took up a position of Gamekeeper at Possingworth Park, Sussex, where he was highly thought of. His death in 1968 was registered in the Eastbourne, Sussex, Registration District. The tragedy is that he was one of five brothers of whom four, Bertie Harold, Walter Sam, Thomas William and Reginald George, were all killed in the conflict.