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Bennett, Maurice Porter (1897-1917)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.


Details: Maurice Porter Bennett (1897-1917), born 25 March 1897 at Camborne, Cornwall, son of William Francis Bennett, safety fuse manufacturer, and Mildred Amy Bennett of Probus, Cornwall, formerly of Roskear House, Tuckingmill, Camborne, Cornwall. Brother of Phoebe Bennett.


Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.


Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1911-December 1915; scholar; 6th form; Prefect; Head of School; 1st XV rugby football team 1914, 1915 (captain).


WW1, Lieutenant in the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment, 2nd Bn. He died on 6 October 1917, aged 20, of wounds received near the Menin Road, Ypres.


Commemorated at:

Godewaresvelde British Cemetery, I.N.20,%20MAUR...

Personal inscription on headstone: 'UNTIL THE DAY BREAK AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY.'


St Euny churchyard, Redruth, Cornwall (commemorated on his parents’ gravestone).


Sherborne Preparatory School roll of honour


Also commemorated at Sherborne School:

School War Memorial Staircase: W.F. Bennett donated £15 towards the Sherborne School War Memorial in memory of his son, Lt. M.P. Bennett.

School Book of Remembrance.

No.29 Memorial Pew in the School Chapel.

Lyon House roll of honour.

'Bennett' dormitory at Lyon House was named in his memory.


Lyon House letter, 29 June 1917: 'M.P. Bennett (2nd Queen's) came here in May. Shows marks of burning by sulphur fumes. A "dud" did it!'


Lyon House letter, Christmas 1917: 'M.P. Bennett, 2/Queen's, died of wounds in France on Oct.6th. He never recovered consciousness after being brought in badly wounded in head and arm. The memory of him will survive when many others have faded from our minds. He was a fine and fearless character, and no written word can say how deeply we, who knew him well, deplore his loss. He and Graham Halliday were the Master Builders of the House, and present members of it owe to him a great and lasting debt.'

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