Reginald George Bennett (1897-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Reginald George Bennett was born in Petworth, Sussex, the only son of congregational minister Rev. George Bennett of Bolton and his wife, Kate Annie.

By 1901, the family was residing at The Manse, Lane, Upperthong, where Rev. George was the minister of Lane Independent Chapel. By 1917, Rev. George was the minister at Skelmersdale Congregational Church.

Reginald George was killed in action at Shaap Balie during the Battle of Cambrai. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.


Liverpool Daily Post (08/Nov/1917):

Official news has been received that Second Lieutenant Reginald George Bennett, only son of the Rev. George Bennett, pastor of the Congregational Church, Skelmersdale, was killed in action on October 26. Educated at Blackpool Secondary School, Lieutenant Bennett was engaged in commercial life in Liverpool, and on attaining the age of eighteen he enlisted as a private in The King's (Liverpool Regiment), in which he served for nearly two years. He was then given a commission and attached to the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, going abroad in March of this year and entering the firing line on his twentieth birthday. He was made battalion raiding officer, and saw much active service, being killed whilst leading his platoon into action, a shell bursting in front of him and killing him instantaneously.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission