The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private A E Bennett


Private Albert Edward BENNETT,  G/18418, 10th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, 29th September 1918.

Born Milton Regis, Kent, son of William & Bessie Bennett, 43 Stanley Avenue, Queenborough, Kent / 3 Mount Cottages, The Hatch, Canterbury, Kent

1911 Census - 13 First Avenue Rushenden Estate, Rushenden, Minster, Sheppey / Queenborough - Bessie Bennett, widow, age 58, 8 children, 5 still alive, born Bernmondsey Road, London; Ernest James Bennett, son, age 24, single, plasterers labourer, born Milton Regis, Kent; Albert Edward Bennett, son, age 19, single, crate maker, pottery works, born Milton Regis, Kent; Herbert Bennett, son, age 18, single, labourer, coal washer,  born Milton Regis, Kent; Thomas New, boarder, age 40, widower, carter, chemical works, born Eddington, Berkshire; Dolly New, boarder, age 6, born Queenborough, Kent.

1911 December Quarter, Sheppey District, marriage of Bessie Bennett to Thomas New.

Enlisted Canterbury, Kent, age 24, height 5ft 8 inches.  Resided 43 Stanley Avenue, Queenborough, Kent.

Home 31st May 1915 to 2th September 1916; BEF 21st September 1916 to 29th September 1918.

31st May 1915, enlisted & posted 3/1 Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles, 2825; 18th November 1915 to 27th November 1915, Canterbury Military Hospital, wound, face; 12th March 1916, posted 2/1 Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles; 21st September 1916, 38 Infantry Base Depot, Etaples; 11th October 1916, transferred to 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment & posted 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th October 1916, joined 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, In the Field; 24th March 1917, wounded at Duty; 15th May 1917, In the Field, not complying with an order, 5 days Field Punishment No.2.; 20th September 1917, 139 Field Ambulance, shell wound thigh, slight; 21st September 1917, 26 General Hospital, Etaples; 18th October 1917, rejoined Battalion; 27th February 1918, 24 Casualty Clearing Station, JCT left arm; 3rd March 1918, 29 Stationary Hospital, not yet diagnosed; 8th March 1918, Convalescent Camp; 28th March 1918, Convalescent Camp; 15th April 1918, posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment;

11th July 1918, contusion to right knee, accidental - This mans statement is correct; on the 11th inst. on the way to support line, I saw Pte Bennett, A E. who had been carrying ?? equipment & had fallen in a muddy section of the trench & was unable to walk. Commanding Officers opinion, man was in performance of military duty, man not to blame, no other person was to blame. Casualty to be reported as injured.

13th July 1918, admitted Casualty Clearing Station, contusion of knee; 15 July 1918, 42 General Hospital, Cammines; 3rd August 1918, Convalescent Depot, Boulogne.

26th August 1918, Infantry Base Depot; 1st September 1918, rejoined Battalion.

21st April 1919, date to which Separation Allowance of 4/6 a week increasing to  5/2 a week from 5th November 1918.

23rd June 1919, private property sent to mother, two religious books, two wallets, photo, letters.

17th September 1919, Statement of Relatives - Mother, Mrs Bessie New, Chilham Leas, Chilham near Canterbury, Kent; Brothers - Ernest James Bennett, age ?, High Street, Queenborough; Frederick George Bennett, age ?, ?????, Bexley; Alfred Bennett, age 29?, ????? light Road, Sittingbourne. 

Commemorated at  Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 106 to 108, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium / Queenborough War Memorial.

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