J Bennison - Consett

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    The following Northern families are with the Colours in addition to those previously mentioned: - Mr. and Mrs. Bennison, Trafalgar Street, Consett: 4 sons. This photograph was published in the Illustrated Chronicle on the 16th of March 1915. During the Great War the Illustrated Chronicle published photographs of soldiers and sailors from Newcastle and the North East of England, which had been in the news. The photographs were sent in by relatives and give us a glimpse into the past. The physical collection held by Newcastle Libraries comprises bound volumes of the newspaper from 1910 to 1925. We are keen to find out more about the people in the photographs. If you recognise anyone in the images please comment below. Copies of this photograph may be ordered from us, for more information see: http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/tlt" >www.newcastle.gov.uk/tlt Please make a note of the image reference number above to help speed up your order.
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    What does this mean? Public Domain Mark
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  • Sarah Smith on Sept. 13, 2021, 5:48 p.m.

    Sergeant Joe Bennison, b 1886 was second eldest of the four Bennison brothers, all pictured, to go to war with the 6th Battalion of the DLI. He and his older brother Ben (my great grandfather) had joined the volunteers in 1907/08 and were experienced volunteers /territorial battalion members and were consequently sergeant and CQMS respectively. Joe was noted to be one of the best shots in the regiment.
    Aged 29 Joe had a wife, Georgina and three children at home in Consett when he was sent with the battalion from Newcastle on the 19th of April 2015 to the front outside Ypres.
    The timing could not have been worse, 2 days later the Germans launched an offensive and then released chlorine gas. It decimated French, Algerian and Canadian forces, and punched multiple holes through the British lines.
    The British scrambled to fill the gaps and the DLI was sent into action immediately. It was a disaster and on the 25th in trenches at VELORENHOEK near Pashendale constant shelling with trench mortars, ’sausages' began. Joe’s B company was in the thick of it. Joe's trench with him and his 10 men was blown in, all bar 3 hit.
    Joe was killed instantly. Only Pte Robinson escaped injury, he tried to get assistance but when that failed he went back and dug out several men. Robinson was awarded the DCM and Croix de Guerre for his bravery.
    I was horrified to read that in 1920 Georgina finally received the princely sum of £3.17 shillings as a gratuity and back pay.

    S jt 576 BENNISON J,, Sjt 306 BURNIP A., Sjt 308 VENN T., Cpl 667 ACKERMAN E., Cpl 1815 URWIN S., Pvt 465 Ellwood J,, Pvt 626 DOWDEN J,, Pvt 1343 ROBSON G., Pvt 1503 CASEY M., Pvt 1513 FRANCIS W., Pvt 1554 WRIGHT P., Pvt 1591 MARTIN P., Pvt 1697 PENMAN J. , Pvt 1745 DENHAM W., Pvt 1799 STONEHOUSE L., Pvt 1803 SHOTTON W., Pvt 1942 BRAITHWAITE F., Pvt 2041 HALEY E., Pvt 2168 LEDGER Thomas, Pvt 2192 CUNNINGHAM M., Pvt 2223 RICHARDS T, Pvt 2239 MURRAY F., Pvt 2258 KELL W., Pvt 2307 HORSEMAN F., Pvt 2348 JARY G., Pvt 2355 EMERY J., Pvt 2391 FEATHERSTONE N., Pvt 2405 SOUTHAN J., Pvt 2427 LINSKEY M., Pvt 2440 FOX G., Pvt 2467 TULLY L all killed in action.

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