Post-war reunion

After the end of the war in Europe, six of the seven Bennett brothers were reunited all together for the first time in nearly six years.
After the end of the war in Europe, six of the seven Bennett brothers were reunited all together for the first time in nearly six years.

After the end of the war in Europe, six of the seven Bennett brothers were reunited all together for the first time in nearly six years.

The meeting was reported in a local SE London newspaper and Frank still has the somewhat battered cutting reproduced here.

The story reads: ‘Six brothers who have been separated by their duties with the armed forces since 1939, held a grand re-union party at the home of their parents, 9 Pound Park Road, Charlton, last Saturday. The only regret is that a seventh brother, Sidney, is still in the Far East and could not join them.’ The paper went on to briefly describe the military service undertaken by George, James, Charles, Frederick, Harry, Frank and Sidney.

Some of them had wars more eventful than others: Fred was in the army for six years, serving in France in 1940 with the Dorset Regiment where he was evacuated from Dunkirk; Harry served in North Africa and later took part in the Italian Campaign; Sidney was in the Royal Marines and landed on a Normandy beach on D-Day 6th June 1944.