BENNETT Charles Tudor
Regiment : 3rd Battalion attached 1st Battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Service number : C0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 22nd July 1916 aged 23
Buried : Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 11C.
Relatives : Only son of Charles Somerville Bennett and Nellie Harriet Bennett, of Oldfield Hollies, Hagley, Stourbridge
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Dudley Grammar School now Castle High School. Hagley War Memorial.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Mentioned in Despatches.
Tudor Bennett lived at ‘The Mount’, Red Hill, Stourbridge, and was the son of Charles and Nellie Bennett. He was commissioned in the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment and by 1916 he was a Captain in the 3rd Battalion but attached to the 1st. This battalion was in the 5th Division and had seen action in 1914 in the retreat from Mons, the battle of the Aisne and at First Ypres. In 1915 The battalion was involved in Second Ypres and on the 16th July 1916 they arrived on the Somme to take part in the next phase of that battle. They moved to the front line which ran from High Wood to Delville Wood at Longueval. A Corps attack was planned for an attack on the 22nd July with the West Kents leading their Brigade. After a bombardment the attack was launched in the face of a stream of lead from well placed machine guns. The troops suffered heavy casualties and were forced back to their starting line. Among those killed in action was Captain Charles Tudor Bennett. He had led his men to the German lines but was posted as missing. Official confirmation that he was presumed dead did not reach his family until nearly a year later.
Charles Bennett has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Thiepval Memorial. Please note that this casualty’s name appears almost at the top of Pier and Face 11C on the Thiepval Memorial necessitating the use of a long range lens.