BENNETT Chart 0400

This is a Chart for George Bennett and Caroline Cobb 

 

married
24th August 1875
St Mark, Regent’s Park
Middlesex
witnesses
Robt D DERMOTT
Arabella COBB

 
 

1
GEORGE BENNETT

born 
13th December 1853
Chelmondiston
Ipswich (1891)
 Suffolk
baptised
26th February 1854
Chelmondiston, Suffolk
occupation  
1871 Servant to a Butcher
1877 Butcher (baptism of George Samuel)
1879 Butcher (baptism of Arthur James)
1881 Butcher
1882 Butcher (baptism of Ernest Isaac)
1884 Butcher (baptism of Florence Arabella)
1891 Butcher, 1901 Butchers Shopkeeper
1911 Master Butcher
 Poulterer/Butcher
died
 
10th July 1918
Barnet, Hertfordshire
buried
 
13th July 1918
Christ Church Cemetery
Barnet, Hertfordshire

 

2
CAROLINE COBB
born  
13th April 1852 
Highwood, East Stoke
Wareham (1881, 1891)
Dorset
baptised
 9th May 1852
St Mary the Virgin
 East Stoke, Dorset

Caroline COBB
occupation
1861 Scholar
1901 Fishmonger
died 
11th February 1918
Barnet, Hertfordshire
buried
 
14th February 1918
 Christ Church Cemetery
Barnet, Hertfordshire

Bennett the Butchers, Fishmongers and Poulterers
circa late 19c 

Bennett the Butchers up for sale 
circ 1950's


3
George Samuel
BENNETT

born
11th August 1876
Kentish Town
Middlesex
baptised
27th May 1877
All Saints
Camden Town
Camden
London
died
15th July 1878
Hampshire Grove,
Kentish Town
Middlesex
Age 1 year
11 months
cause of death Hydrocephalus
4
Arthur James
BENNETT

born
2nd September 1879
Kentish Town
Middlesex
baptised
12th October
1879
St Luke
Osney Crescent
Camden
London
emigrated
to
 
1908
Alberta, Canada
died about
February 1967
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada

married
26th December 1901
Holy Trinity
Clapham, Surrey
witnesses
Tom S FRIDAY
John Flander?
MASTERS
Ruth Matilda
FRIDAY
5
Ernest Isaac
BENNETT

born
29th April 1882
Kentish Town
Middlesex
baptised
23rd July
1882
St Luke
Osney Crescent
Camden
London
occupation
1901
Butcher
1916 General Store
emigrated to Canada
about
1903
died
1st August 1941
Nanaimo
Vancouver
British Colombia
Canada
Aged 59 years

married
11th September 1908
Lethbridge
Alberta, Canada
Lucy
McCANE
born 
24th May 1880 Liverpool, Lancashire
died 
10th September 1962 
Vancouver
British Colombia Canada
Aged 81
6
Florence Arabella (Florrie)
BENNETT
born 
11th April 1884
Kentish Town
Middlesex
baptised
6th July 1884
St John the Baptist
Kentish Town
London
occupation
1901
Bookkeeper
Butchers
1911 Bookkeeper
died
20th September 1965
Barnet, Hertfordshire
buried
 September 1965 Christ Church Cemetery
Barnet, Hertfordshire

married
20th May 1918
Christ Church
Barnet
 Hertfordshire
banns
21st, 28th April
5th May 1918
Christ Church
Barnet
Middlesex
(Florence of this Parish)
Harry of Chipping Barnet)
Harry
ABRAHAM
born
24th December 1879
Owersby, Lincolnshire
occupation
1954 Retired Commercial Clerk
(probate of brother-in-law
John Harold BENNETT)
died
30th October 1973
Barnet, Hertfordshire
buried
 
November 1973 Christ Church Cemetery, Barnet Hertfordshire
7
Samuel "Sam" David
BENNETT

born about
September quarter
 1885
Barnet, Hertfordshire
occupation
1911 Butcher
WWI
Private 70219
17th Bn.,
 Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.)
died
8th October 1916
Battle of the Somme
France
memorial
Thiepval
Somme
France
8
John (Jack) Harold
BENNETT

born 
13th December 1887
Barnet, Hertfordshire
baptised
22nd September
1889
Barnet, Hertfordshire
died
4th February 1954
Barnet General
Hospital
Barnet, Hertfordshire

married
18th August 1924
Chipping Barnet
Parish Church
Barnet, Hertfordshire
Doris Victoria
JACKAMAN

9
Alice Caroline
BENNETT

born
1st January 1892
Barnet, Hertfordshire
baptised
17th April 1892
Barnet
Hertfordshire
died
20th February 1894
Barnet, Hertfordshire
cause of death
 Membranous Croup
         
  1. 1861 Cottage, Chelmondiston, Suffolk
    1871 23 Store Street, St Giles in the Fields, London. Servant to Stephen BELAH (60) Butcher
    1875 2 Princes Street, Regent's Park, Middlesex
    1877 No 1 Hampshire Grove, Kentish Town, Camden, London (baptism of George Samuel)
    1879 79 Falkland Road, Camden, London (baptism of Arthur James)
    1881 27 Countess Road, St Pancras, Middlesex. Living in the same property as Thos DAVIES (26) married Barrister’s Clerk, born Paddington,
    Middlesex, his wife, Mary Jane and two sons Thos Arthur Edw and W H T DAVIES. 
    1882 18 Willingham Terrace, Kentish Town, Camden, London (baptism of Ernest Isaac)
    1884 18 Willingham Terrace, Kentish Town, Camden, London (baptism of Florence Arabella)
    1891 75 High Street, Barnet, South Mimms, Hertfordshire. Servants were Robert STRETCH (20) unmarried Butcher born Thames, Ditton, Surrey and  Hannah HAWKINS (14) General Servant born Hadley, Middlesex
    1895/6 75 High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire
    1901 75 High Street, Barnet, South Mimms, Hertfordshire Indexed on ancestry.com as BARNETT. Servants were Robert J STRETCH (30) single Butcher born Thames Ditton, Surrey and Emily GOULD (21) Domestic Servant born Bentley Heath, Hertfordshire
    1911 75 High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire
    1916 75, High St., Barnet, Herts. (address given on death of Samuel WWI)
    Information from Michael BENNETT 27th April 2000
    "The Bennett Family and their association with Barnet
    My grandfather George BENNETT arrived in Barnet in 1884 at the age of 31 years and opened a butchers shop at 75, High Street.
    He was born in Pin Mill, Suffolk, the third son of Samuel BENNETT and Elizabeth Mary GOODMAN. Pin Mill is a small hamlet situated on the banks of the River Orwell just outside of Ipswich and is renowned for three things, its boatbuilding, its smuggling and the Butt and Oyster, a drinking house that has been on the site since at least 1530. Samuel and Elizabeth Mary spent all of their married lived in Pin Mill and had ten children. Samuel was a mariner by profession and some of his sons followed him to sea, indeed one son John, was listed in a census as a mariner at ten years of age.
    George was the third son and as last listed as being in Pin Mill in the 1861 census when he was 7 years of age. Ten years later he had left and was not be be found anywhere in Suffolk, Norfolk or Essex. He was next located at the time of his marriage to Caroline COBB in 1875 when he was living in the Regents Park area of London and described as a butcher. His wife, Caroline COBB, came from East Stoke in Wareham, Dorset. How they met I have not discovered but Caroline did have a sister Elizabeth Arabella, who lived in Barnet. It is my belief that George left Suffolk and came to London to seek his fortune and probably first got work in Smithfield Meat Market which had been substantially rebuilt around 1867 when George was about 14 years of age.
    Over the next nine years he and Caroline lived at three different addresses, all close to one another in Kentish Town, near to where the Underground station is now located. They had four children before coming to Barnet in 1884, George Samuel, Arthur James, Ernest Isaac and Florence Arabella. Unfortunately George Samuel was to die of Hydrocephalus in 1878 at the age of 1 year and 11 month old. By the 1891 census they had added to their family with the births of Samuel David and my father, John (Jack) Harold BENNETT. The business must also have been flourishing for they also had on the census as living-in, a servant girl and a man listed as a servant and a butcher. At the time of the census there were nine people living above the shop at 75, High Street. How they all packed in I cannot imagine. In 1894 George and Caroline had their last child, Alice Caroline, but tragedy was to strike yet again two years later when the child died of Membranous Croup.
    It was in 1897 that the fishmongers shop came into the family. The fish shop was originally owned by a Samuel CONSTANT and was in fact situated at No. 71 High Street, which was the other side of the Rising Sun public house. Elizabeth Arabella COBB (Caroline's sister) married John CONSTANT, Samuel's son, and they all lived over the shop at No. 71. Poor John CONSTANT died in 1883 at the age of 36 years of age and Elizabeth Arabella continued to live with her father-in-law. Seven years later Samuel died and left the business to his daughter-in-law. The business was them moved from No.71 to No. 77 next door to the butcher's shop at some time between 1892 and 1896. In 1896 Elizabeth Arabella died at the age of 46 years and having no heirs, left the business to her sister Caroline COBB, wife of George BENNETT. And so the fishmongers came into the family business.
    In 1901 the eldest son Arthur James was married to Ruth Matilda FRIDAY, the daughter of a well known Barnet family also engaged in the meat trade and they set up home above the fish shop. Arthur James was described as a Poulterer on his Marriage Certificate and I believe he was running the fishmongers business for his parents.
    In 1903 the second son Ernest Isaac set sail for the New World to start a new life. Within 5 years he had written home to his older brother and invited him to go out to Albert, Canada to go into partnership with him in the hardware business, so in 1908 Arthur James with his wife and three children set sail, never to see his parents again. In just over 30 years George and Caroline had lost two infant children, their two eldest sons and their only grandchildren. Their tribulations were not, however, at an end for at the outbreak of WWI Samuel David was to enlist in the Army and on the 8th October 1916 was killed in the Battle of the Somme.
    After a lifetime’s toil and bearing seven children, all they had left around them were two of their children, my aunt Florence Arabella and my father John (Jack) Harold BENNETT. They both suffered ill health and never got over their loss. Both died in 1918 and are buried in Christ Church Cemetery."
    "And so my father inherited the family business in 1918 when he was 30 years of age and still single. Business wise I don't think it made a great change to his life for he had been working for his father since he was 15 years of age and in recent years had been managing it on his father's behalf.
    He was educated at the National Schools in Wood Street at the top of Hillside Gardens and on completing his education there he went on the the Silesia College in Bells Hill and left when he was 15 years old to start working with his father. At 18 years of age he joined the Herts Yeomanry, the Territorial Army of the day. He was later to join the RNVR towards the end of WWI.
    At the time of his parent’s death in 1918 his sister, Florence Arabella, had just married and moved out of the family home. She married Harry ABRAHAMS who came originally from Lincolnshire but had travelled down to London to seek work when he was very young. They lived all their lives in Barnet mostly in Leicester Road, but never had any children. They are both buried in Christ Church Cemetery.
    By 1920 my father was 32 years of age, single and the owner of a flourishing business. I think it can be said that he was in possession of an affluent lifestyle at this time. As will be seen from his obituary he took a keen interest in sport and the public life of the town. In 1924 he married my mother, Doris Victoria JACKAMAN, the daughter of another old Barnet family who had arrived in Barnet before the BENNETT family. They were tailors and at one time carried on their business at No. 214 at the Hadley end of the High Street and later at No.94. At the time of her marriage my mother's family were living at No. 94 in the bottleneck opposite the church and the family story goes that on her wedding day a red carpet was placed from her front door across the High Street to the door of the church for her to walk upon.
    Obituary taken from copies of The Barnet Press of George Bennett who died on 10th July 1918 at Barnet, Hertfordshire. Mr. Geo. Bennett of 75, High Street, Barnet, master butcher, passed away on Wednesday, at the age of 64, after a prolonged illness. He had been in business over 30 years but for a long time past, owing to ill-health, he took very little part in the management, which was left to his son, Mr. John Bennett, who is joining the Army shortly. Quite and unassuming, he proved himself a worthy townsman. The funeral takes place tomorrow (Saturday) THE LATE MR. G. BENNETT - The funeral of the late Mr. Geo. Bennett, of High Street, Barnet, whose death was reported in our columns last week, took place on Saturday last, at Christ Church, Barnet. The Rev. Wm. Griffith (curate of the Parish Church) officiated both at the church and at Christ Church Burial Ground, where the body was laid to rest. The chief mourners were: Mr. J. Bennett, Mrs. Abraham, Mr. Abraham, Mrs. List, Miss Day, Mr. & Mrs. Stringer. Tradesmen drew their blinds as a mark of respect. Many beautiful flowers were sent by:- Jack, Florrie & Harry, "In loving memory of our dear dad"; Jim and Ern "In affectionate remembrance", From his dear sister and Ada, "In ever loving memory"; Mr. & Mrs. Lane and Tom, "With deepest sympathy"; Mr. & Mrs. Stringer, Alice & Jack, "In loving memory"; Dolly and Tom, "With deepest sympathy"; Mr. and Mrs. Nichols and Winnie, "With deepest sympathy"; Elsie and Jack, "With deepest sympathy"; Mr. and Mrs. Shotter, "In affectionate remembrance"; Mr. and Mrs. Ware and family, "With deepest sympathy"; Mr. and Mrs. W. Friday, "With deepest sympathy"; Mrs. R. H. Friday and family, "A tribute of sincere sympathy"; Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Friday, "With deepest sympathy"; Barnet Tradesmen Association, "With deepest sympathy"; Mr. and Mrs. Fuller, "With deepest sympathy", Mr. and Mrs. Crook, Amy and Cecil "With deepest sympathy"; Barnet District Butchers Association, "With deepest sympathy"; Mr. and Mrs Goodman and Mr. and Mrs. Mabbett, "With deepest sympathy"; Messrs. Harland and Son, "With respectful sympathy"; Mrs. Bradbrook and Harold J. Creed, "With sincere sympathy". The family of the late Mr. Bennett wish to convey their sincere thanks to all who sent messages of sympathy, and for the beautiful flowers received.
    1918 BENNETT George of 75 High-street Barnet Hertfordshire died 10 July 1918 Probate London 23 August to John Harold Bennett R.N.V.R. and Florence Arabella Abraham (wife of Harry Abraham). effects £775 2s. (National Probate Register)
    1922 75 High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire. (Forces War Records for medals of son Samuel David)
  2. 1861 Coombe Keynes, Dorset
    1875 2 Princes Street, Regent's Park, Middlesex 
    1877 No 1 Hampshire Grove, Kentish Town, Camden, London(baptism of George Samuel)
    1879 79 Falkland Road, Camden, London (baptism of Arthur James)
    1881 27 Countess Road, St Pancras, Middlesex, Living in the same property as Thos DAVIES (26) married Barrister’s Clerk born Paddington, Middlesex, his wife, Mary Jane and two sons Thos Arthur Edw and W H T DAVIES. 
    1882 18 Willingham Terrace, Kentish Town, Camden, London (baptism of Ernest Isaac)
    1884 18 Willingham Terrace, Kentish Town, Camden, London (baptism of Florence Arabella)
    1891 75 High Street, Barnet, South Mimms, Hertfordshire. Servants were Robert STRETCH (20) unmarried Butcher born Thames, Ditton, Surrey and  Hannah HAWKINS (14) General Servant born Hadley, Middlesex
    1895/6 75 High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire. Next door was her sister's fishmongers shop
    1896 Inherited sister's fishmonger's shop
    1901 75 High Street, Barnet, South Mimms, Hertfordshire Indexed on ancestry.com as BARNETT. Servants were Robert J STRETCH (30) single Butcher born Thames Ditton, Surrey and Emily GOULD (21) Domestic Servant born Bentley Heath, Hertfordshire
    1911 75 High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire. Caroline is down as having had 7 children, 5 of whom survive and 2 of whom who have died at the date of this Census.
    1916 75, High St., Barnet, Herts. (address given on death of Samuel WWI)
    Information from Winifred WILTON née COBB "had red hair"
    “Used to go to Billingsgate in horse and cart at pre-dawn to buy fish”
    Obituary taken from The Barnet Press of Caroline Bennett who died on 11th February 1918. Mrs. Bennett, wife of Mr. Bennett, High Street, Barnet, master butcher, passed away on Monday night at the age of 65. She had lived in Barnet 33 years. An invalid for a long time past, she bore her illness cheerfully and with the fortitude of one conscious of having discharged the duties of a wife and mother faithfully. She was very much respected. The loss of her son Sam, killed in action, was a severe blow to her. The funeral took place on Thursday, and marked sympathy and respect were shown. Trades people had mourning shutters in their windows. There was a service at Christ Church, conducted, at the wish of the family, by the Rev. W. Griffith, who officiated also at the graveside in Christ Church Burial Ground. The chief mourners were Mr. Bennett (husband), Mr. J. Bennett (son), Miss Bennett (daughter), Miss Day, Mr. Lane (brother-in-law), Miss A. Lane (niece), Mr. A. Cobb (brother), Mr. and Mrs. stringer, Mrs. Shotter, and Nurse Webb. There were many choice floral tributes sent by:= Mr. Bennett and family; Jim and Ern; Miss Ada Day; Mr. and Mrs. Stringer and Jack; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Friday; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Friday; Mrs. Friday and family; Mr. W. H. Shepherd and family; Mr. and Mrs. Shotter; Barnet Tradesmen Association, Mr. Butcher; Mr. and Mrs. Mabbett; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey; Mr. and Mrs Hughes; Mr. and Mrs. Nichols and Winnie' Mr. and Mrs. G. Knight; and Mrs. Crowsley and Mabel. The funeral was reverently carried our by Messrs. R. Baughen and Sons. Mr. Bennett and family wish to thank their many friends for kind sympathy and floral tributes.
    1922 75 High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire. (Forces War Records for medals of son Samuel David)
  3. 1877 No 1 Hampshire Grove, Kentish Town, Camden, London(baptism of George Samuel)
  4. 1879 79 Falkland Road, Camden, London (baptism of Arthur James)
    1881 27 Countess Road, St Pancras, Middlesex. Living in the same property as Thos DAVIES (26) married Barrister’s Clerk, born Paddington, Middlesex, his wife, Mary Jane and two sons Thos Arthur Edw and W H T DAVIES. 
    1891 75 High Street, Barnet, South Mimms, Hertfordshire. Servants were Robert STRETCH (20) unmarried Butcher born Thames, Ditton, Surrey and Hannah HAWKINS (14) General Servant born Hadley, Middlesex
    1901 75 High Street, Barnet, South Mimms, Hertfordshire Indexed on ancestry.com as BARNETT. Servants were Robert J STRETCH (30) single Butcher born Thames Ditton, Surrey and  Emily GOULD (21) Domestic Servant born Bentley Heath, Hertfordshire
    1911 Victoria Street, Fernie sub district, Kootenay District, British Columbia, Canada. On ancestry.com there is Arthur James, Ruth Matilda is shown as Huff Gertrude, Arthur James is shown as Arthur Lois and Elsie all indexed as BENNET.
    1916 19 Harder Street, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada
    1953 Box 112, Duncan, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. (Canada Voters Lists)
  5. 1882 18 Willingham Terrace, Kentish Town, Camden, London (baptism of Ernest Isaac)
    1891 75 High Street, Barnet, South Mimms, Hertfordshire. Servants were Robert STRETCH (20) unmarried Butcher born Thames, Ditton, Surrey and Hannah HAWKINS (14) General Servant born Hadley, Middlesex
    1901 75 High Street, Barnet, South Mimms, Hertfordshire Indexed on ancestry.com as BARNETT. Servants were Robert J STRETCH (30) single Butcher born Thames Ditton, Surrey and Emily GOULD (21) Domestic Servant born Bentley Heath, Hertfordshire
    1906 Banff, Albert, Canada. Living with Amos Samuel, Lizzie (née HARTREE) and Frederick Ty COBB
    1911 Canada Census - not found at present
    1916 Area 6, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada. With Lucy and a Samuel KANE aged 21 born British Columbia.
    1941 Border Crossings from Canada to US
    Ernest Isaac BENNETT, arrived 20th June 1941 at Eastport, Idaho, USA aged 63 born in London England.He give his wife's name as Lucy and birth date as 4/9/82 he is a Retail Merchant and has come from Maple Creek, Sask. He was lastin the US in 1938 and he is traveling to see a Mrs Fred Wislon at 825 London street, New Westminster and he is carrying $35 he has never been arrested and not admitted admission and he is in transit for two days. His next of kin is given as his Brother Arthur James BENNETT. He is 5 ft 7 inches tall of light complext with grey hair and blue eyes and he has no distinguishing markes He land in Halifax in 1904. There are further comments in the Remarks and Endorsement which I cannot read but there is Wife: Lucy Bennett born Derbyshire England 5/26/82 she is 5 ft fair and grey. I think this was signed by Lucy so it looks as though she possibly accompanied him on this trip. The date of birth and place given contradicts the information we have for her above.
    Information for Lucy McCane
    Parents, Father - Samuel McCANE, Mother Eliza EGLEY
    It appears that Lucy had a Eliza Eggly (Lila) WILKINSON possibly from a first marriage.
  6. 1884 18 Willingham Terrace, Kentish Town, Camden, London (baptism of Florence Arabella)
    1891 Not found. Not at 75 High Street, Barnet, South Mimms, Hertfordshire with rest of family.
    1901 75 High Street, Barnet, South Mimms, Hertfordshire Indexed on ancestry.com as BARNETT. Servants were Robert J STRETCH (30) single Butcher born Thames Ditton, Surrey and  Emily GOULD (21) Domestic Servant born Bentley Heath, Hertfordshire
    1911 75 High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire
    ???? Lived all her life in Barnet, mostly in Leicester Road
    1965 ABRAHAM Florence Arabella of 163 Leicester Road New Barnet Hertfordshire died 20 September 1965 Probate London 4 November to Frederic Alfred Ponsford Boustred solicitor. £2127. (National Probate Calandar)
    Information for Harry ABRAHAM
    1918 Lived the rest of his life in Barnet, mostly in Leicester Road
    Parents, Father - William ABRAHAM, Mother Mary Rhodes CARR
  7. 1891 75 High Street, Barnet, South Mimms, Hertfordshire. Servants were Robert STRETCH (20) unmarried Butcher born Thames, Ditton, Surrey and  Hannah HAWKINS (14) General Servant born Hadley, Middlesex
    1901 75 High Street, Bsrnet, South Mimms, Hertfordshire Indexed on ancestry.com as BARNETT. Servants were Robert J STRETCH (30) single Butcher born Thames Ditton, Surrey and Emily GOULD (21) Domestic Servant born Bentley Heath, Hertfordshire
    1911 75 High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire
    1916 Son of George and Caroline Bennett, of 75, High St., Barnet, Herts. (see below)
    Information taken from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Site on the death of Samuel David Bennett In Memory of SAMUEL DAVID BENNETT Private 70219 17th Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.) who died on Sunday, 8th October 1916. Age 30. Additional Information: Son of George and Caroline Bennett, of 75, High St., Barnet, Herts. Commemorative Information Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Grave Reference/Panel Number: Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A Location: The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929).
    Information from Forces War Records sent by John TERRY 3/11/2014
    First Name: Samuel David 
    Initials: S D 
    Surname: BENNETT
    DOB: Circa 1886 
    Age: 30 
    Birth Town: Barnet, Hertfordshire 
    Resided Town: Barnet 
    Nationality: British 
    Date of Death: 08/10/1916 
    Fate: Killed in Action 
    Information: Parents: George and Caroline BENNETT, of 75, High St., Barnet, Herts. 
    Rank: Private 
    Service Number: 70219 
    Duty Location: France And Flanders 
    Campaign Medals: 
    Victory Medal
    Given the information we have available it is likely that Samuel David BENNETT was entitled to the Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory Medal. This medal was awarded to all who received the 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star and, with certain exceptions, to those who received the British War Medal. It was never awarded alone. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.
    Eligibility for this award consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible. 
    British War Medal
    From the information available to us, it is very possible that Samuel David BENNETT was entitled to the British War Medal for service in World War One. This British Empire campaign medal was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.
    The medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period. 
    Service: British Army 
    Regiment: Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) 
    Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire And Derbyshire Regiment) during World War 1
    Since 1815 the balance of power in Europe had been maintained by a series of treaties. In 1888 Wilhelm II was crowned ‘German Emperor and King of Prussia’ and moved from a policy of maintaining the status quo to a more aggressive position. He did not renew a treaty with Russia, aligned Germany with the declining Austro-Hungarian Empire and started to build a Navy rivalling that of Britain. These actions greatly concerned Germany’s neighbours, who quickly forged new treaties and alliances in the event of war. On 28th June 1914 Franz Ferdinand the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne was assassinated by the Bosnian-Serb nationalist group Young Bosnia who wanted pan-Serbian independence. Franz Joseph's the Austro-Hungarian Emperor (with the backing of Germany) responded aggressively, presenting Serbia with an intentionally unacceptable ultimatum, to provoke Serbia into war. Serbia agreed to 8 of the 10 terms and on the 28th July 1914 the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia, producing a cascade effect across Europe. Russia bound by treaty to Serbia declared war with Austro-Hungary, Germany declared war with Russia and France declared war with Germany. Germany’s army crossed into neutral Belgium in order to reach Paris, forcing Britain to declare war with Germany (due to the Treaty of London (1839) whereby Britain agreed to defend Belgium in the event of invasion). By the 4th August 1914 Britain and much of Europe were pulled into a war which would last 1,566 days, cost 8,528,831 lives and 28,938,073 casualties or missing on both sides. 
    The Regiment raised 33 Battalions and was awarded 57 Battle Honours and 9 Victoria Crosses losing 11,410 men during the course of the war.
    17th (Service) Battalion (Welbeck Rangers)
    01.06.1915 Formed by the Mayor and the Recruiting Committee at Nottingham.
    Oct 1915 Moved to Aldershot and joined the 117th Brigade of the 39th Division and then moved to Witley.
    10.12.1915 Taken over by the War Office.
    06.03.1916 Mobilised for war and landed in France and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
    1916
    An attack near Richebourg l'Avoue, The fighting on the Ancre, The Battle of Thiepval Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre heights, The Battle of the Ancre. 
    1917
    The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Battle of Langemarck, The Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, The Battle of Polygon Wood, The Second Battle of Passchendaele. 
    1918
    The Battle of St Quentin, The actions at the Somme crossings, The Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of Rosieres, The fighting on Wytschaete Ridge, The First Battle of Kemmel, The Second Battle of Kemmel, The Battle of the Scherpenberg. 
    12.02.1918 Disbanded in France.
    Information about other Battalions can be found on the Forces War Records web site
    Battalion: 17th Battalion 
    Commemorated: Britain 
    Collections: Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919 
    The IWGC/CWGC Registers Collection 
  8. 1891 75 High Street, Barnet, South Mimms, Hertfordshire. Servants were Robert STRETCH (20) unmarried Butcher born Thames, Ditton, Surrey and Hannah HAWKINS (14) General Servant born Hadley, Middlesex
    1901 75 High Street, Barnet, South Mimms, Hertfordshire Indexed on ancestry.com as BARNETT. Servants were Robert J STRETCH (30) single Butcher born Thames Ditton, Surrey and Emily GOULD (21) Domestic Servant born Bentley Heath, Hertfordshire
    1911 75 High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire
    Information from Michael BENNETT 27th April 2000
    "And so my father inherited the family business in 1918 when he was 30 years of age and still single. Business wise I don't think it made a great change to his life for he had been working for his father since he was 15 years of age and in recent years had been managing it on his father's behalf.
    He was educated at the National Schools in Wood Street at the top of Hillside Gardens and on completing his education there he went on the Silesia College in Bells Hill and left when he was 15 years old to start working with his father. At 18 years of age he joined the Herts Yeomanry, the Territorial Army of the day. He was later to join the RNVR towards the end of WWI.
    At the time of his parent's death in 1918 his sister, Florence Arabella, had just married and moved out of the family home. She married Harry ABRAHAMS who came originally from Lincolnshire but had travelled down to London to seek work when he was very young. They lived all their lives in Barnet mostly in Leicester Road, but never had any children. They are both buried in Christ Church Cemetery.
    By 1920 my father was 32 years of age, single and the owner of a flourishing business. I think it can be said that he was in possession of an affluent lifestyle at this time. As will be seen from his obituary he took a keen interest in sport and the public life of the town. In 1924 he married my mother, Doris Victoria JACKAMAN, the daughter of another old Barnet family who had arrived in Barnet before the BENNETT family. They were tailors and at one time carried on their business at No. 214 at the Hadley end of the High Street and later at No.94. At the time of her marriage my mother's family were living at No. 94 in the bottleneck opposite the church and the family story goes that on her wedding day a red carpet was placed from her front door across the High Street to the door of the church for her to walk upon.
    1924 Byng Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire
    Sons went to Harrow and Oxford. 
    1924 BARNET COUNCILLORS WEDDING Mr. J. H. BENNETT AND MISS D. V. JACKAMAN (from the Barnet Press of August 1924) A pretty wedding and one in which a great deal of local interest was displayed, took place at Chipping Barnet Parish Church on Monday afternoon when Mr. John Harold Bennett, youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. G. Bennett of High street, Barnet, was married to Miss Doris Victoria Jackaman, Elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs J. Jackaman of High Street, Barnet. Both families are well known and respected in Barnet, where the bridegroom is the proprietor of a flourishing butchers business, and the brides father of an old established tailors business. Both Mr. Bennett and Mr. Jackaman are members of the Barnet Urban District Council. The ceremony, which was performed by Rev. J. A. Harding, curate of the Parish Church, was largely attended. The Barnet Council was represent by Crs W. Matther and Edwin Jones J.P., and the congregation included many local tradesmen as well as members of the Consitutional Club, of which Mr. Bennett is a popular member. Mr. Frank J. Lunnon, organist of holy Trinity Church, Lyonsdown, New Barnet, was at the organ and rendered appropriate music, and the hymns sung were "The Voice that breathed o'er Eden" and "O Perfect Love". The brides father gave away his daughter, who made a very charming bride. She was daintily gowned in white silk marocain, with lace sleeves, trimmed with sprays of orange blossom. Her veil of hand-embroidered Brussel net was fastened with a wreath of orange blossom, and she carried a bouquet of white carnations. She was attended by three sweet little bridesmaids, the chief of whom was her sister, Miss Barbara Jackaman, who was in lilac crepe de chine. The other two were Miss Marjorie Copper and Miss Joan Kendal, who dresses were of blue crepe de chine. Each carried a shower bouquet of sweet peas and wore a gold bangle, given to them by the bridegroom. The brides mother wore a gown of black silk marocain and a black georgette hat trimmed with fuschia. Mr. Harry Abrahams) the bridegrooms brother-in-law) was best man and the groomsmen were Mr. Eric Jackaman (brother of the bride) and Mr. Cecil Richardson (uncle of the bride). The bridal party left the church to the strain of Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" and were met outside by a large gathering of friends, who simply covered them with confetti before they were able to reach their car. After the service a reception, at which there were over 5o guests, was held at the home of the brides parents, and later in the day the bride and bridegroom set out upon a motor tour in Devonshire and Cornwall, in which manner they are spending their honeymoon. They were given a hearty send-off, a numerous gathering watching their departure. The bride travelled in a fawn gaberdine tailor-made costume, and a black and scarlet hat. Many valuable and useful presents have been received.
    Upon his marriage my father moved out of the living accommodation above the shop and purchased a house in Byng Road that stood upon a double plot of land. In 1925 my elder brother John Samuel arrived followed nearly six years later by myself. it was not until 1938 that my sister Jillian Mary arrived on the scene. These years were extremely good time for the BENNETT family with the business thriving, father a well-known figure in the town and I remember it as a secure, comfortable and happy home.
    Unfortunately it was not all to last like that. With the outbreak of war meat was put on ration and the shop's income was dramatically slashed. Meat was to stay on the ration for nine years and the business never fully recovered. My father left the running of the shop to his manager, Fred JENNY, and got himself a job as the Area Meat Allocator for the Barnet District. There were thirteen butchers he was responsible for and I have been endeavouring to remember them all but can only recollect twelve of them. In the High Street were Co-op, Sainsbury, Dewhurst, Pulham, Shepherd, Carter Brothers, Williams Brothers, Bennett. Others were Finch (West End Lane), Jack Merrick and Ennis Clarke (Alston Road) Co-op in Mays Lane.
    1947 Extracted from an article by The Stroller in The Barnet Press of July 1947. Your Meat Ration When you look at your Sunday joint and prepare to use the tin opener on Monday, spare a thought for the man who has the task of allocating the Barnet and district supply fairly among the local butchers. Mr. J. H. (Jack) Bennett of Pin Mill, Byng Road, Barnet, in business as a butcher at 75, High Street, Barnet where his father was in business before him, is nearing the completion of eight years as chairman and allocator of the local meat distribution organisation. He is a Barnetonian - he was born in the home above the shop premises - and was educated at Elizabeth Allen School and subsequently Silesia College, Bells Hill, Barnet, which eventually became a boarding house and which was destroyed by a parachute mine in the early part of the war. He entered his fathers business at the age of fifteen. Three years later he joined the Herts. Yeomanry, and in the 1914-1918 was he served in the R.N.V.R. Council Service For fifteen years, a good part of his leisure time was devoted to public service through membership of Barnet Council, of which he became chairman. In ten of the fifteen years membership he was chairman of the sewage farm committee. Local sports organisations have found in him a good supporter, and for several years he was honorary treasurer of Barnet Boxing Club. He is fond of shooting and coursing but his chief outdoor hobby now is gardening, and his garden at Byng Road is evidence of his skill in that direction. His wife is the daughter of well known Barnetonians, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Jackaman. There are two sons - the older one is serving with the Army in Palestine - and a daughter.
    In 1952 my mother died. I was 21 years of age and had been away for 2 years doing my National Service. I never got to know her as an adult, only as a Mum. By this time my father was near retiring age. His two staunch employees, Fred KENNY and Miss HANDFORD who had stood by him all these years, were also nearing retirement age. He asked both my brother and I (who had both gone into the business) if we wished to take over, We both felt that we were not experienced enough to take over the running of a business at that time and declined. And so, in 1953, my father put the business up for sale nearly 70 years after my grandfather had first opened it. In August 1953 it was sold. In February 1954 my father died".
    1954 Obituary of John (Jack) Harold Bennett who died on 4th February 1954. Many will learn with regret of the death in Barnet General Hospital on Thursday of John Harold Bennett, a well known Barnet personality who was a master butcher in Barnet High Street for many years until his retirement in August of last year. Mr. Bennett, who lived in Byng Road, Barnet was 67. He was born in the flat above his fathers butchers shop at 75 High Street, Barnet, and succeeded his father in the business. At one time Mr. Bennett took a prominent part in the public life of the town. He was a member of Barnet Council for 15 years and after being chairman of most of the Councils committees he became Barnet's Chief Citizen. He was chairman also of the Barnet Butchers Buyers Committee and since the inception of meat rationing, he had been a deputy grader at Barnet cattle market and during the was in charge of meat allocation for the Barnet area. Mr Bennett was a well known member of the Barnet Chamber of Commerce and was always in the forefront of any battles on behalf of local traders. He took a keen interest in sport, particularly in boxing and showed his interest in this sport in a practical form by being treasurer of the old Barnet Boxing Club. He had been a member of the Hadley Highstone Lodge of the Freemasons since 1021. In World War 1 he served in the R.N. V.R. and previously with the Herts. Yeomanry. Mrs. Bennett, who died two years ago, was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Jackaman. She and her husband celebrated their silver wedding in 1949. Mr. Bennett leaves two sons and a daughter.
    1954 BENNETT John Harold of 49 Byng-road Barnet Hertfordshire died 4 February at The General Hospital Barnet Probate Peterborough 31 July to Henry Abraham retired commercial clerk. Effects £4008 0s. 2d.(National Probate Calendar)
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