Berwick St John War Memorial

Walter Sam Bennett

Surname: Bennett
Other names: Walter Sam
Other people in this story:
Thomas Bennett
Annie Bennett nee Witt
Bertie Harold Bennett
Reginald George Bennett
Thomas William Bennett
Ethel Flora Bennett nee Bennett
George Casbolt
Locations in this story:
St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France
Ashcombe, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Farnham, Dorset
Poplar, London
Church of St. Peter and Vincula, Tollard Royal
Bromley, Kent
London

Story:
Walter Sam Bennett was born in 1885 in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire. He was the son of Thomas Bennett, a Game Keeper, and Annie Bennett (nee Witt). His siblings included Bertie Harold, Reginald George and Thomas William, born in 1889, 1897, 1894, respectively, who all died in the war. At the time of the 1911 Census, Walter was working as a Gardener and living in the family home at Ashcombe, Tollard Royal. In 1916 he married Ethel Flora Bennett on 15th April, 1916 in Gillingham, Dorset, and they lived in Farnham, Dorset, later moving to various addresses in London. He enlisted in Bromley, Kent, as a Private in the 6th Battalion of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) (Service No. G/10457). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was killed in action in Flanders, just a few weeks after his marriage, whilst attached to 'C' Company on 3rd July 1916 and was buried at Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France (grave id. VII.D.9). His widow Annie remarried in 1920 to George Casbolt and they lived in Poplar, London. Walter is remembered on the memorial plaque inside the church at Berwick St. John.

He is also remembered in Tollard Royal as "T.W. Bennett" on the War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour inside the Church of St. Peter and Vincula in the village.

Images:
  • St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John 01
  • Berwick St John War Memorial 02
  • Tollard Royal War Memorial

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives