Personal info

  • Name: Eugene Paul BENNETT
  • D.O.B: 4th June, 1892
  • D.O.A: 5th November, 1916
  • D.O.D: 6th April, 1970
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment, 100th Brigade, 33rd Division

Near Le Transloy, France 5 November 1916

5 November 1916

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The First World War. 1916 

Fighting continued east and north-east of Lesboeufs and on 5 November 1916 the 2nd Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment succeeded in advancing about 500 yards towards Le Transloy, though suffering heavy casualties.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery in action when in command of the second wave of the attack. Finding that the first wave had suffered heavy casualties, its commander killed and the line wavering, Lt. Bennett advanced at the head of the second wave, and by his personal example of valour and resolution reached his objective with but sixty men. Isolated with his small party, he at once took steps to consolidate his position under heavy rifle and machine gun fire from both flanks, and although wounded, he remained in command directing and controlling. He set an example of cheerfulness and resolution beyond all praise, and there is little doubt that but for his personal example of courage, the attack would have been checked at the outset. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 29 December 1916. 30 December 1916, Numb. 29885, p. 12736

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