Bennett, William Henry David
13th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
Died on active service on Wednesday 15 August 1917 (aged 27)
Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery Extension, (Grave II. E. 2)
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance
William Henry David Bennett was born on 3 January 1890 in Mullaghmore West, Ballinode, Co Monaghan and he was the eldest son of William Samuel and Annie Bennett (nee McIvor) who lived in Mullaghmore West, Co Monaghan; in Glasslough, Co Monaghan and at Primrose Hill, Castlecaulfield, Co Tyrone. They were married on 25 January 1887 in Clonaneese Presbyterian Meeting House, Killeeshil, Dungannon. William Bennett, a Constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) from Tydavnet, Co. Monaghan was a son of Samuel Bennett, a schoolmaster. Annie McIvor from Ennish, Castlecaulfield was a daughter of Henry McIvor, a farmer.
William Henry David Bennett served for five years in the Royal Irish Constabulary and he was stationed in Belfast and Londonderry before moving to Canada to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. He lived in Montreal and in 1913 joined the 5th Regiment of the Royal Highlanders of Canada.
After the outbreak of war this Regiment was mobilized for overseas service and William Henry David Bennett formally joined the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 23 September 1914 at Valcartier in Quebec. It was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 9¼ inches tall.
He was at the Front from January 1915 and in April that year he was wounded at St Julien. He returned to the Front in October 1915 and fought at Vimy Ridge.
During a short spell of home leave Lieutenant William Henry David Bennett and Ida Kathleen Millen were married on 24 January 1916 in Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor. Ida Kathleen Millen from Bangor was a daughter of Thomas Millen, a farmer.
Ida’s brother, James Millen, was the Principal of Trinity National Schools in Bangor. Captain William Henry David Bennett was 27 when he died on active service on 15 August 1917. At the time of Captain Bennett’s death his widow Ida was living in the townland of Ballywildrick, Macosquin, Coleraine, Co Londonderry.
Captain William Henry David Bennett was buried in Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery Extension, France and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
DEARLY LOVED HUSBAND OF IDA BENNETT
MACOSQUIN, COLERAINE, IRELAND
Captain William Henry David Bennett is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and in the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance.