|Date of birth:||1898|
|Place of birth:||Morestead|
|Battalion:||15th Hampshire Yeomanry|
|Died:||27 October 1918, aged 19 years|
|Buried:||Heerstert Military Cemetery, Zwevegem, Belgium|
Life before the War
Arthur was the first of 2 sons born to Edward and Rosanna Caroline Bennett. Edward was born in Ropley in 1870 and died in Christchurch in 1942. Rosanna had a slightly more complicated life having moved to the area from Wiltshire. She married Thomas Petty in Droxford in 1887 and they had a son – Thomas William, born in Curdridge in 1889 and passed away in 1979.
Evidently Rosanna’s husband died and she married Edward in Winchester in 1897. Rosanna passed away in Petersfield in 1958, at the age of 96 years.
The siblings were:
- Arthur John
- Charles Henry b. 1904 Owslebury d. ?? Married Emily K. Fairey in Southampton in 1928.
Arthur’s battalion came into being on 27 September 1917, at Caestre in France. The 15th (2ndPortsmouth) amalgamated with the dismounted 1/1st Hampshire Yeomanry. As part of the 41st Division the battalion moved to Italy, taking the front line near Treviso.
They moved back to France in February 1918 and onto Flanders, where the battalion saw action during the Final Advance at Courtai and Ooteghem.
The village of Heerstert was taken by Commonwealth forces towards the end of October 1918, and it was probably during this action that Arthur lost his life. The cemetery was created in February 1919, when the farmers of the Commune cleared their land of Commonwealth and German battlefield graves.
There are now 127 Commonwealth soldiers buried or commemorated in the cemetery, together with 57 German war graves. Arthur’s headstone reads: “Their glory shall not be blotted out”
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