Private Arthur Henry Bennett
Somerset Light Infantry
Fourth son of Mr John Bennett formerly of 61 Great
Union Road, St Helier, Jersey.
Died of wounds, aged 24 years
NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post
of Monday 9 June 1919
A Gallant Jersey Soldier Murdered by Dacoits.
The news has been received in the Island of the death
by gunshot wounds of Private Arthur Bennett of the 2nd
Battalion Somerset Light Infantry. His Company Officer
writing to the relatives states that the soldier after
showing great gallantry was killed by Dacoits under
the following circumstances. He was stationed at Peshawar
and about 3 o'clock on the morning of 27 April Private
Bennett was awakened from his sleep and saw a gang of
thieves stealing the kit of a comrade who was on guard.
He jumped from his bed and gave single-handed chase
to this gang of armed men. He caught them up and struck
one of the men with his fist where upon one of the other
Dacoits turned on him and fired several shots, the soldier
being wounded in two places. The injured man managed
to crawl back to the bungalow where his comrades bandaged
him up and took him to the hospital in an ambulance.
He received all the attention possible from the medical
staff and the Company Officer states he arrived about
8am and remained with Private Bennett until he passed
away about 11 o'clock. All through, though in full possession
of his senses, he made no word of complaint and laughed
and joked with those who attended him. A very impressive
funeral took place at 6 o'clock the same evening when
the greater part of the Somersets paraded together with
all the deceased's friends who carried some 24 floral
tributes. One and all felt that they had suffered a
personal loss. The Company Officer in concluding states
that Private Bennett was a good soldier, much respected
by all ranks. The deceased was the younger son of Mr
J Bennett of Birmingham, formerly of Jersey, and brother
of Mr W S Bennett of 39 Bath Street.