Name:-    Bennett, Walter James

Nationality:-     UK

Age :-    25

Rank:-    Second Lieutenant

Number:-   

Medal:-

Service:-    Army

Regiment / Ship:-    14th Bn., attached to 12th Bn., Royal Scots

Date of death:-    Tuesday 4th July, 1916

Cemetery / Memorial:-    Quarry Cemetery, Montauban,

Area of cemetery / Memorial:-    III.J.3.

Family information:-    Son of Alexander Watson Bennett, J.P., and Mrs Bennett, "Egerton", Blairgowrie.

1901 Census

Commercial Bank Hs, Brown St

Alexr W Bennett, head, 49, bank agent, b. St Andrews, Fifeshire

Elizabeth B Bennett, wife, 48, b. Douglas, Lanarkshire

Thomas W Bennett, son, 13, scholar, b. Whitburn, Linlithgow

Alister Bennett, son, 11, scholar, b. Pitlochry, Perthshire

Walter J Bennett, son, 9, scholar, b. Pitlochry, Perthshire

Jane M Pratt, 20, domestic servant, b. Ceres, Fifeshire

 

Extra information:-

"Walter was a pupil at Blairgowrie High School from 1903 to 30th June, 1908.  In 1903 the Bennett family were living at Comil (?) Bank House in Blairgowrie.  Walter was born on 25th April, 1891."

Blairgowrie Advertiser 27th February 1915 page 6.

"Commission for Blairgowrie Man"

"Mr. Walter J. Bennett, youngest son of Mr. A.W. Bennett, Commercial Bank, Blairgowrie was the week gazetted a Second Lieutenant in the 14th (Service Bn.) Royal Scots.  He takes up duty at Oxford on Monday.  Mr. Bennett served his apprenticeship in the office of Messers L. & J. Falconer, architects, Blairgowrie, and after gaining experience in Glasgow has been for some months in a situation in St. Andrews.  While in Blairgowrie he was an enthusiastic member of the local Rifle Club, and, being a splendid shot, won numerous trophies.  Foe some time past he has been preparing for military service in St. Andrews University Officer's Training Corps., and has attained excellent positions in the shooting tests and various examinations in connection with military matters.  In his new sphere of duty Mr. Bennett will carry with him the best wishes of his many friends in the Blairgowrie district."

Blairgowrie Advertiser  20th November 1915, page 5

"Second-Lieutenant Walter J. Bennett, 2nd Royal Scots, youngest son of Mr. A.W. Bennett, Commercial bank, and who, as reported last week, was accidentally wounded on the 5th inst. by the explosion of a grenade before leaving the rifle, is now in hospital in London."

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