Regiment : 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 27635
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 10th August 1916 aged 30
Buried : Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 5A and 6C.
Relatives : Son of Edward and Priscilla Bennett, 27A Brook St., Stourbridge, Worcestershire; husband of Olive Mary Bennett
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Frederick Bennett was the second son of Mr and Mrs E. Bennett of 27a Brook Street, Stourbridge, and two of his brothers were also in the army. In March 1916 he married Olive Cottrell of 39 Brook Street. He had been an apprentice with Mark and Moody and was Manager at Messrs Sharp Bros. He enlisted in the Worcesters and joined the 2nd Battalion. They spent the winter of early 1916 in Artois and were then sent to the Somme to take part in the second phase of that long battle. T hey attacked the Bazentin Ridge and spent seven days in the front line. They suffered heavily and retired for reinforcements before returning on the 7th August for the attack on High Wood. German resistance was very stubborn and before the next attack enemy shelling resulted in more casualties. Private Fredrick Bennett was one of those killed in action aged 30 on the 10th August. He is also commemorated on the St. Thomas’s church memorial, together with his brother, Ernest.
Frederick Bennett has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Thiepval Memorial.