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Charles Edward Bennett

Servicenumber : 6924849
Rank : Private
Regiment : The Parachute Regiment
Unit : 156th Battalion
Date of Death : 25-09-1944
Age : 22
Grave : Plot 5. Row D. Grave 5.
Charles Edward Bennett was a son of Claud and Edith Bennett of Edgware, Middlesex. He was married to Ellen Charlotte Bennett of West Finchley, Middlesex.
Bennett was a member of C-Company of 156th Battalion. According to the book 'From Delhi to Arnhem' (pages 320 & 321) he was the batman of Lieutenant Piers St Aubyn, intelligence officer of the battalion. Market Garden was the first operation for Bennett. 
From the same book: St Aubyn was ordered by Colonel Richard des Voeux at the RV to check the other side of the wood for Germans. St Aubyn took two experienced men. Not wanting to put Bennett at any unnecessary risk he ordered him to stay where he was. As St Aubyn's group came through the trees they found a whole company of Germans sitting by the side of a track, who looked on for a moment in amazement. St Aubyn's group swiftly turned to run back, bending low to avoid the expected bullets. A machine gun opened up, and at that moment Bennett emerged from the trees and was hit and killed instantly. As St Aubyn briefly tended Bennett, he chided himself, wishing he had been more forceful when ordering him to stay where he was. Half an hour later he was told that Bennett, setting out his own, was asked where he was going and had replied: "I'm going to find my officer, he may need me."
After he died Bennett was buried beside a road to Johannahoeve in Oosterbeek. He was later reburied at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek. 
According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website Bennett died on 25 september. If he was killed during the event with St Aubyn it must have been another day. St Aubyn received the order at the RV to check the other side of the wood from Colonel Des Voeux. Des Voeux was killed on 20 september. If Bennett was buried beside a road to Johannahoeve he was probably killed on 18 or 19 september. The Battalion reached the area of the Johannahoeve around 2100hrs on 18 september. The use of the term RV might suggest that Bennett was killed near the LZ on Ginkel Heath not long after the Battalion landed on 18 september. 
Picture: 18-09-2011
He is a moment fell
He had no time
To say farewell
Loved and missed by all
Sources: Website CWGC, 'From Delhi to Arnhem and Roll of Honour


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