CFHS code : AG96
Parish : St Andrew the Great
Inscription : headstone In Loving Memory of my dear son Lieutenant H BENNETT Royal Air Force formerly 21st BN Canadian Inf died on active service September 24th 1918 aged 28 kerbs: STTMO MARY ANN BENNETT d Sept 11 1940 aged 72 / my dear husband HENRY JAMES BENNETT d August 8th 1930 aged 66
Monument : Headstone (Shield shaped)
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202794, 0.13709971 – click here for location
Inclined headstone, shield-shaped, with kerb stones, all in red marble, in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, located three graves south of the path running between the centre circle and the western path. The grave was made by the stonemason David & Co. of Wisbech.
‘In loving memory of my dear son Lieutenant H. Bennett
Royal Air Force formerly 21st Bn Canadian Inf.
died on active service September 24th 1918, aged 28 years.’
“Rest in peace”
‘Sacred to the memory of Mary Ann Bennett,
died Sept 11 1940, aged 72 years.’
‘My dear husband Henry James Bennett,
died August 8th 1930. aged 66.’
Harry James Bennett (1891–1918) – WW1 Soldier – see also Life Story page
Harry was born on 15 April 1891 in Cambridge. He was the eldest of three children of Henry James Bennett and Mary Ann Alberta Bennett (née Saggers). He emigrated to Canada where he worked as a trade mechanic at McLaughlin Buick Auto Factory, Oshawa, Ontario between 1911 and 1913. He then became a garage proprietor at Pembroke, Ontario between 1913 and 1914. He joined the war effort at Kingston, Ontario, Canada on 6 November 1914.
Henry James Bennett (1864–1930)
Henry was born in 1864 in Cambridge. He was the second of the eight children of James Bennett and Sarah Ann Bennett (née Richardson). His father worked as a hammerman and coachmaker’s viceman. Henry grew up at 48 Fitzroy Street and 21 Wellington Street, Cambridge and was employed as a general smith. Henry married Mary Ann Alberta Saggers in 1889 in Cambridge. They had three children including Harry James Bennett. Initially, the family lived at 11 York Terrace before moving to 15 Earl Street and then 20 Victoria Street, Cambridge. Henry died on 8 August 1930 in Cambridge.
Mary Ann Alberta Bennett (née Saggers) (1868–1940)
Mary was born in 1868 in Cambridge. She was the third of at least seven children born to William and Eliza Saggers (née Westwood). Her father was employed as a labourer and later as a general dealer. The family lived at 7 St Matthew’s Court, Cambridge. By the time Mary was thirteen years old she was working as a housemaid at 10 Trumpington Street for a Gilbert Ainslie, who was a banker. Mary died on 11 September 1940 at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales National Probate Calendar, 1858–1966
Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914–1918
By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent