Pte
William Bradford Bennett

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
08/07/1882
Lieu de naissance:
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Informations générales

Dernière résidence connue:
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Profession:
Foreman Joiner
Religion:
Methodist

Informations service militaire

Pays:
New Zealand
Force armée:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Rang:
Private
Numéro de service:
49664
Incorporation date:
22/02/1917
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Unités:
 —  Wellington Regiment, 3nd Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
20/12/1917
Lieu de décès:
Jetty Wood, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Âge:
35

Cimetière

Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Parcelle: XXVII
Rangée: C
Tombe: 5

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Médaille
Victory Medal
Médaille

Points d'intérêt 3

#1 Lieu de naissance
#2 Dernière résidence connue
#3 Lieu d'enrôlement

Mon histoire

Private William Bradford Bennet was 34 years of age when he enlisted the Wellington Regiment, part of the New Zealand Expedition Force. He sailed to Europe as member of the 3rd Battalion part of the 4th Brigade.
He worked in Wellington, NZ, as foreman joiner and lived as single man at home with his parents, William Henry and Phoebe Emely Bennet.
Up to the end of 1917, the Allied posture had been on the basis of an early resumption of the offensive. However, it soon became apparent that the Russian collapse (the Revolution had by now taken place) would be followed by a German drive on the Western Front in the Spring.
This fact, together with the desirability of waiting for the American forces indicated a need to strengthen defences instead.
This, accordingly, became the priority on the New Zealand Division’s front, as elsewhere, and a great deal of effort was made to this end in difficult winter conditions.
Minor raids and skirmishes by both sides continued, and from time to time, artillery fire intensified. There was a great deal of shelling on cross-roads, and other centres of activity, and casualties were occasioned in rear areas.
On the 15th December 1917, the 3rd Battalion entrained on the light railway at Dickebush Siding for Hellfire Corner, and from there proceeded to the line, relieving 2nd Otago and going into the Reutel Sector for the first time. Owing to the severeness of the weather, the difficulty of the overland routes and the bad state of the sector taken over generally, the men during these period had a trying time. Nor did they escape casualties for eight were killed, and twenty-five wounded, while sick evacuations were heavy. The 3rd Battalion was to remain only a week in the trenches, and, on the 22nd December, it was relieved by 2nd Otago.
It was in these circumstances that private William Bradford Bennet was killed in action at the age of 35. He is resting now in peace , on Buttes New British Cemetery, plot XXVII, row C, grave 5.

Sources 6

"From the Uttermost Ends of the Earth, the New Zealand Division on the Western Front 1916-1918",Gray J.H., Willsonscott Publishing, Christchurch NZ, 2010, page 175-177
Sources utilisées
"The Wellington Regiment N.Z.E.F. 1914-1919", Cunningham W.H., Treadwell C.A.L., Hanna J.S., The Naval & Military Press Ltd, Uckfield, East Sussex, UK, page 236-237
Sources utilisées
Cenotaph
https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/search?n=Bennet+49664&srt=relevance
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/480119/bennett,-william-bradford/
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Service Record
https://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/browse/records/563925
Sources utilisées
The Long, Long Trail
https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
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