Bombardier:William John Bennett,872634,7 Coast Regiment,Royal Artillery

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Remembered Amersham Cemetery,Bucks
    Bombardier BENNETT, WILLIAM JOHN
    Service Number 872634

    Died 05/03/1943

    Aged 24

    7 Coast Regt.
    Royal Artillery

    Son of Henry Bennett, and of Hannah Bennett, of Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: William Bennett
    Given Initials: W J
    Rank: Bombardier
    Death Date: 5 Mar 1943
    Number: 872634
    Birth Place: Buckinghamshire
    Residence: Buckinghamshire
    Regiment at Enlistment: Royal Artillery
    Branch at Enlistment: Royal Artillery
    Theatre of War: Malaya
    Regiment at Death: Royal Artillery
    Branch at Death: Royal Artillery


    He appears on the roll of dead for this Japanese ship Rakuyo Maru | COFEPOW
    BENNETT W. Pte 872364 (British)

    however that ship was torpedoed by USS Sealion on 12 September 1944, yet he is shown as died in Mar 1943 ??

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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    BENNETT, Bombardier, WILLIAM JOHN, 872634. 7 Coast Regt. Royal Artillery. 5th March 1943. Age 24. Son of Henry Bennett, and of Hannah Bennett, of Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Column 7.


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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

    Hold on

    BENNETT, Gunner, WILLIAM, 872364. 9 Coast Regt. Royal Artillery. 12th September 1944. Age 25. Stepson of William Clyde, of Tollcross, Glasgow. Column 13.

    BENNETT, Bombardier, WILLIAM JOHN, 872634. 7 Coast Regt. Royal Artillery. 5th March 1943. Age 24. Son of Henry Bennett, and of Hannah Bennett, of Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Column 7

    See where I went wrong, but what a coincidence that is 2 x William Bennett, both in RA, both in Coast Regts, both in Far East and their service numbers are almost identical

    Specsavers here I come
    TD
     
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  5. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    Marriages Sep 1915
    Bennett, Henry - Matthews - Wellington Sh. - 6a 1918
    Matthews, Hannah - Bennett - Wellington Sh. - 6a 1918

    Births:
    Bennett George H Matthews Amersham Jun 1916
    Bennett William J Matthews Amersham Sep 1918
    Bennett Mary Matthews Amersham Jun 1920
    Bennett Nancy Matthews Amersham Dec 1921
    Bennett Peter S Matthews Amersham Sep 1926

    NAME: Henry Bennett
    BIRTH: abt 1889
    DEATH: Mar 1933 - Amersham, Buckinghamshire

    1939 REGISTER TRANSCRIPTION
    Bennett Household (5 People)
    Shoe Shop, Hill Avenue, Amersham R.D., Buckinghamshire

    NAME DOB OCCUPATION
    Hannah Bennett 25 Nov 1888 Business, Shoe Shop (widow)
    George H Bennett 04 Apr 1916 Chiropodist
    Mary Bennett 18 Apr 1920 Typist
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
    Peter S Bennett 09 Aug 1926 At School
     
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  6. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    The 'Presumed drowned at Sea' on the Amersham gravestone is incorrect and is due to misinformation from the Japanese trying to cover up an attrocity. In fact Bdr Bennett was part of the notorious 'Gunners 600 Party'. He either died of disease, allied air attack or was murdered by the Japanese. It is possible he is buried at Bomana War Cemetery, New Guinea in one of the graves to 'Soldiers of the Royal Artillery Unidentified by Name' who came from the mass grave on Ballale Island.
    600 Gunners Party
    B Died

    Tim
     
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