Bennifer/Benefer, C H
CECIL HARRY BENNIFER
Remembered with honour Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension: Plot III, Row E, Grave 32.
He enlisted in Hertford; was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and died of wounds received in action. Unfortunately, Cecil’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is a brief article about and a Death announcement for Cecil in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 11 August 1917; plus an In Memoriam in the issue dated 26 July 1919.
Son of Stephen and Finetta Mary (nee HOLMAN) BENNIFER of Watford.
His parents married 26 December 1890 at Sts Peter and Paul, Swaffham, Norfolk. Stephen died 1921 in Watford aged 51, and was buried 5 January in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Finetta died 1953 in Watford aged 81, and was buried 22 September, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Cecil was born 10 April 1898 in Watford, and baptised 26 June 1898 at St Andrew’s, Watford. He attended Beechen Grove Board School, Watford, from 9 September 1907 to 11 November 1907, and again from 7 January 1908 to 15 March 1912.
On the 1901 Census, aged 3 he lived in Watford, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1911 Census, a schoolboy aged 12 he still lived in Watford, with his parents and four siblings.
Unit"A" Battery, 86th Brigade
Date of death23*/07/1917
Age at death19
Place of death
NotesHis brother Thomas died 19 May 1917 and also features on this Roll of Honour
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)