Date of birth: c1914
Parents: William and Agnes Mary Bennett
Address: 3 Crompton Row, Warwick
Occupation: Worked at the Motor Haulage Service, Leamington Spa
Ernest’s parents were William and Agnes Mary Bennett. William was born in Middlesex but Agnes was Warwick born. At the time of the 1911 census, the couple were living at 3 Crompton Row and the family consisted of 4 children – Agnes (b. 1901) Elizabeth and Annie (b. 1903), Selina (b.1904) and William (b.1906). As Ernest was not born until 1914, it is likely that there were further brothers and sisters born between those dates.
William senior was a Bricklayer and died some time before 1946 as Agnes died then and is described as a widow on the Burial Slip for Warwick Cemetery.
Ernest’s family had to wait 2 years before the Army assumed that he had been killed
Ernest’s brother in law, Albert Austin Brown also died in the war and is also commemorated on Warwick War Memorial
Rank & Number: Fusilier, 5119507
Regiment/Service: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Date of death: 6th April 1943
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action
Commemorated/Buried: Commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar. Face 11
Commemorated locally at: St Paul's Church, St Mary Immaculate
Ernest enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and saw service in India in 1940. He transferred to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in April 1943, just before his death.
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