- Charles Edward Bennett was a son of Claud and Edith Bennett of
Edgware, Middlesex. He was married to Ellen Charlotte Bennett of West
- 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
- After he died Bennett was buried beside a road to Johannahoeve in
Oosterbeek. He was later reburied at the Airborne Cemetery in
- 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.