PRIVATE FIRST CLASS EDWARD BENNETT; U.S. ARMY

January 12, 1894 (Bridgeport, CT) – October 5, 1918; 24 years old; unmarried
Last local address: mother lived at 59 Fairview Avenue, Norwalk; aunt Elsie Ayrault lived at 16 Van Zant, East Norwalk
Entered the service May 28, 1918
Serial number 3194905
4TH DIVISION, 59TH INFANTRY, L COMPANY

Worked in shipping in New York City prior to service. Lived in Brooklyn when drafted. 

Killed at the Argonne Forest, Verdun sector.

From The Norwalk Hour November 14, 1918

Mrs. W.H. Ayrault, of 16 Van Zant Street, received word from the adjutant general’s office in Washington, on November 7, that her nephew, Private Edward Bennett, had been killed in action on October 5. Private Bennett was a frequent visitor here coming from his home in Brooklyn. He knew very few people, however, in Norwalk. He was a Bridgeport boy and at the time of his heroic end was twenty-four years old. In this city he is survived by his aunt, Mrs. Ayrault, his uncle, W.H. Sanders Ayrault, a half-sister, Miss Myrtle Looman who lives with Mr. Ayrault and his grandfather, J.A. Manchester who also lives with Mrs. Ayrault. In Bridgeport he is survived by his mother, Mrs. H.S. Jones, and half-brother George Looman, both of 59 Fairview Avenue, and an uncle, Edward Manchester of 74 Seeley Street, Bridgeport. Private Bennett was drafted on May 28 of this year, going to Camp Upton where he was assigned to Company M, 303rd Infantry. When he arrived in France in July, he was assigned to Company E, 151st Infantry, and in a letter written on September 7 to his aunt, he wrote that he had been transferred. He was well known in Bridgeport where he lived for some nineteen years before he moved to New York about five years ago.

From The Norwalk Hour February 2, 1919

Mrs. W. Howard Ayrault, of East Norwalk received a letter last week from Corporal Charles J. Farley with the American Army of Occupation describing the death in action of her nephew, Private Edward Bennett. She had previously, on November 7, in a telegram from the War department, been told the bare news that he had been “killed in action October 6, 1918.” Private Bennett was born in Bridgeport in 1894 and lived there until 5 years ago, when he went to New York to work. His last few years in Bridgeport were spent in the employ of the Family Shoe store. He was drafted from Brooklyn, May 28, 1918 and went across from Camp Devens on July 7, with the 303rd Infantry, Company M. The letter dated at Bremen, Germany December 29, 1918 follows: “This is in answer to your letter of November 29 asking for information in regard to Private Edward Bennett. I will gladly answer same. I knew him personally and always found him to be a very kind-hearted and pleasant chap. I was his corporal on a guard detail one night in St. Mihiel sector, and later we both went to the Argonne Forest, Verdun sector. It was on a cloudy morning, October 6, that we went over the top at Verdun. After we had advanced about a mile, under heavy shell fire, I heard someone shout behind me, and on looking around saw young Bennett stagger and fall. Two Red Cross men in my squad went to him to carry him back to the first aid station but they found him dead. He must have died instantly. I realize it is hard to lose such a kind-hearted boy as was young Edward Bennett, but many of us went over the hill together, and only a few came back. I do not know where Edward was buried, but I saw him die on the battlefield.”

Burial file details, click HERE.

Private Bennett is buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France, Plot A, Row 20, Grave 11.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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