BENNETT, John Henry
(Service number 58117)

Aliases Jack
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 7 August 1898 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Temuka
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John BENNETT (father), Winchester Settlement, Temuka
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 32nd Reinforcements, E Company
Date 21 November 1917
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 13 July 1970 Age 71 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 140, Plot 236
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Henry Bennett, known as Jack, was born on 7 August 1898 at Temuka, the younger son of John and Jane (née Marshall) Bennett. He was educated at the local school. Jack was only nineteen years old when he embarked with the 32nd Reinforcements.

Draft 211 - the troopship “Briton” - with over a thousand men aboard including Gunner J. H. Bennett, of Temuka, was due at Lyttelton in late January 1919. Temuka’s Greatest Day” saw over twenty boys from the Temuka district welcomed home. Flags were suspended across King Street and on many buildings. As the train came into the station, the big crowd cheered the soldiers who soon found their family and friends. Preceded by the Temuka Pipe Band and the Juvenile Brass Band, they were conveyed to the Post Office for the official welcome and praise for their work. Three rousing cheers were given for the returned men and three more for the boys who were still to return. “They had done their duty, and brought back victory,” said the Mayor. “The war was practically finished, . . . .” He hoped that the future of the world would be better than the past. Gunner J. H. Bennett was among the afternoon arrivals.

Jack married Eva Annie Cross in 1930. His older brother, William James Bennett, may have been a school master at Palmerston South when he was called up in 1918.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 September 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [06 September 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [06 September 2002]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [08 September 2020]; Temuka Leader, 25 January 1919, 1 February 1919 (Papers Past) [22 August 2020]

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