Regiment : 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 21235
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 17th April 1918
Buried : Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, Panel 5.
Birthplace : Brierley Hill, Staffordshire, resident Birmingham, enlisted Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourbridge Old Swinford Hospital School with the information: Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 17 April 1918. Age 36. Stourbridge St Thomas's Church.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Ernest Bennett was born on 28th July 1881. He entered Old Swinford Hospital on 15th December 1891.
On 18th January 1915 he enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment and after training he was posted to France in May 1915. He was killed instantaneously by a shell on 17th April 1918. His younger brother, Private Fred Bennett, was killed in action in France on 10th August 1916.
Source for additional information: Old Foleyans Remembered Casualties of WW1 published by the Old Foleyans Association, October 1998.
Ernest Bennett was the son of Edward and Priscilla Bennett of 27a Brook Street, Stourbridge. He was sent to Old Swinford Hospital in 1891 and in 1895 he was apprenticed to Mr Lavender, a tailor of Stourbridge. He moved to Aston and was married with one child. He enlisted in January 1915 and joined the Worcesters. He was posted to the 4th Battalion which saw action in the 29th Division at Gallipoli in 1915 on the Somme in 1916 and at Passchendaele and Cambrai in 1917. In the second of their Spring offensives in 1918 the German forces attacked on the Lys near Armentieres on the 9th April. In several hard days fighting the Worcesters suffered heavy casualties including Private Ernest Bennett, who was killed by a shell on the 17th April. He was 36 years of age.
Ernest Bennett has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Ploegsteert Memorial.