BENNETT Sidney

10253 Pte Sidney BENNETT 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment

Killed In Action 24th October 1915

1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory medal

1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory medal

Naming

Naming

 

 

Sidney BENNETT

Sidney BENNETT

 

Sidney BENNETT was born at North Anston, Sheffield in 1894. At the time of his enlistment on the 10th October 1912 at Rotherham he was aged 18 years and worked as a colliery general labourer. He lived at 45 Starch House, Anston, Sheffield with his father Frederick, his mother Ruth is described as deceased.

Enrolled into the ranks of the 2nd battalion York and Lancaster regiment Sidney has a colourful pre war conduct history which reads as follows:-

April 1913

  • 10th – ‘ Stating a falsehood to an NCO ‘    5 days confined to barracks(CB)
  • 17th – ‘ Quitting fatigues without permission ‘  ‘ Not complying with an order ‘       14 days CB
  • 19th – ‘ Using disgusting language, making a threatening remark to an NCO ‘    5 days CB

May 1913

  • 7th – ‘ Absent from 10pm parade by 20 minutes ‘   3 days CB
  • 8th – ‘ Not complying with a battalion order, making his bed down before tea meal ‘

August 1913

  • 29th – ‘ Not complying with an order, not cleaning a form when ordered ‘    3 days CB

September 1913

  • 12th – ‘ Absent from 10pm parade by 1hour 45 minutes ‘  3 days CB

December 1913

  • 6th – ‘ Having dirty rifle at Company officers inspection ‘  3 days CB
  • 24th – ‘ Absent from 10pm parade by 10 minutes and being drunk on barracks ‘

On the 6th October 1913 he was described as a clean hardworking soldier but inclined to be insubordinate.

January 1914

  • 10th – ‘ Having dirty rifle at company officers inspection ‘  2 days CB
  • 14th – ‘ Not complying with an order, not cleaning the fire place when ordered, not turning out for fatigues and breaking out of barracks ‘  Soldier on open arrest
  • 24th – ‘ Quitting fatigues without permission ‘  4 days CB
  • 26th – ‘ Absent from defaulters role, stating a falsehood to the provost corporal and irregular conduct swinging on gas bracket ‘  7 days CB

February 1914

  • 25th – ‘ Irregular conduct, when on west gate picquet  loitering on his post ‘   2 extra guards

March 1914

  • 2nd – ‘ Improper conduct on sentry duty, making a noise with his mouth to woman passing his post ‘   3 days CB

Sidney entered France on the 8th August 1914 and came into contact with enemy forces entitling him to both the 1914 star and bar 5th August – 22nd November 1914.

Sidney’s conduct did not improve whilst on active service as he is shown to have been awarded a series of punishments for unnamed indescretions as follows:-

  • 27.11.14  8 days Field punishment No1
  • 01.12.14  7 days field punishment No2
  • 19.12.14  Unspecified period field punishment No1
  • 22.12.14  21 days field punishment No1
  • January 1915  10 days field punishment No1
  • 11.01.15  7 days field punishment No2
  • 25.01.15  Tried Field General Court Martial  1 year imprisonment with hard labour for being absent from the trenches
  • 04.02.15  Tried Field General Court Martial  6 months imprisonment with hard labour for leaving his post whilst on active service   sentence commuted to 56 days field punishment No1
  • 25.06.15  Released from prison having served 142 days
  • 26.06.15  Returned to duty
  • 27.06.15  Rejoined battalion

Sidney was killed on the 24th October 1915. At this time the 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment were in the line in the area of ROULERS RAILWAY near Ypres. It appears from the war diaries that there was not significant activity apart from enemy trench mortars opening up on the line. Sidney was however killed by a bullet wound to the stomach as will be seen from correspondence. He now lies buried in Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery Ypres.

Sidney's headstone

Sidney’s headstone

 

The following are the surviving papers sent home to Sidney’s relatives.

Commonwealth War Graves Card

Commonwealth War Graves Card

 

Kings letter

Kings letter

 

1914 star award

1914 star award

 

 

Medal award

Medal award

 

1914 clasp award

1914 clasp award

 

Letter from comrade

Letter from comrade

 

Sidney's last will

Sidney’s last will

 

Letter from pal

Letter from pal

 

 

Letter from pal

Letter from pal

 

 

Church card

Church card

 

Field Service Postcard

Field Service Postcard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sidney's last card home

Sidney’s last card home

 

 

Potijze Grounds Cemetery

Potijze Grounds Cemetery

 

He is remembered on the LYCH GATE memorial of St James Church, Anston, Sheffield.

LYCH GATE Memorial

LYCH GATE Memorial

LYCH GATE memorial name panel

LYCH GATE memorial name panel