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Percy Douglas Bennett

Ashburton War Memorial. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003. - Image has All Rights Reserved

Ashburton War Memorial. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003. - Image has All Rights Reserved


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Percy Douglas AWMM
  • Surname
    Bennett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 3/2018 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 17 January 1882 AWMM
    • 17 January 1882 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra WareHertfordshire Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Miss A.A. Gaitt (friend), Tauranga, Ashburton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 3/2018 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of sickness AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 6.5" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      148 lb AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Percy Bennett was the brother of Charles Herbert Bennett, of 63, Milton St., Nelson, Lancashire, England.

    Remembered on the Ashburton War Memorial.

    Name is listed in the Nominal Roll as Bennett, P.D.

    Embarked Wellington, 4 March 1916; disembarked Suez, 8 April 1916.
    Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 10 May 1916; attached to NZ Base Depot, Etaples, 21 May 1916.
    Detached to NZ Division, 11 June 1916.
    Joined No 1 NZ Field Ambulance, 12 June 1916.
    Detached to Divisional Sanitary Section, 25 June 1916; rejoined No 1 NZ Field Ambulance, 17 July 1916.
    Died of suffocation, 9 August 1916.
    Court of Enquiry, 9 November 1916, found 'death due to suffocation following acute alcoholism'.
    Note on file: 'The Army Commander is unable to agree that no blame be [?] attachable to anyone. The conduct of S.M. Moor cannot be considered free from blame. It is clear from the evidence that Pte Bennett was drunk. This being so S.M. Moor as the senior present should have ordered his arrest & had him placed in the Guard Room & if Pte Bennett was in the helpless state of drunkenness disclosed by the evidence, a M.O. should have been sent for at once when the man's life might have been saved. It is also considered that more supervision should be exercised over the issue of rum to this Mess.'

    Brother: Charles Herbert Bennett, 63 Milton Street, Nelson, Lancashire, England AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    9 November 1916 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Anzac Cemetery, Sailly-sur-la-Lys, Pas de Calais, France AWMM II. A. 2. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Ashburton War Memorial, Ashburton, New Zealand AWMM

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