Fallows Bennett William

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Leeswood

Name / Enw: Fallows Bennett William

Regiment/Catrawd: 24th (Denbighshire Yeomanry) Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Lance Corporal 345089 (Formerly Pte 505 in DY)

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Ploegsteert Memorial

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 5

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Belgium

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War and Teritorial Force War Medals

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action 7th September 1918 aged 24

Bennett was born about 1894. The 1901 census lists him living with his family at Well House Farm, Pontblyddyn, Flintshire. He was named after his father – Bennett William Fallows Snr a 46 year old self employed farmer who had been born in Staffordshire. The mother was Elizabeth Fallows aged 45 and also a native of Staffordshire. Their children were Sarah E aged 21, Susannah 12 and Bennett W 6

Ten years later the 1911 census tells us that the family was still at Well House Farm. Bennett Snr was now 56, his wife Elizabeth was 55. Two daughters living at home Mary Beatrice 28 and Susannah 22 worked in the dairy on the farm and Bennett jnr, 16 yrs) worked on the farm. This form tells us that Elizabeth Fallows had given birth to 6 children in total and that they were all still living. They were an English speaking family and had no Welsh.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour index card for Bennett Fallows in the Archive Office at Hawarden. It gives details about his regiment and number. His address is Well House Farm, Heartsheath, Padeswood, Flintshire. It says he served 4 years and 9 months and was K in A. The card is signed by Mr Fallows Snr and dated 16th Sept 1919.

Bennett’s Commonwealth War Grave Certificate (below) confirms all these details.

His Army service records are available on www. ancestry.co.uk and are in quite good condition. We can see that he signed up very early in the proceedings. He was declared fit enough for the Territorial force in December 1913  and his attestation papers were signed in January 1914 when he was 19 years and 1 month old. He was detailed to serve with the Denbigh Yeomanry.

His records show that he was home based for 2 years and 31 days before joining the Epeditionary Force first in Egypt and later in France/Flanders. He served a total of 4 years 220 days.

His records detail one disciplinary incident. In 1915 he was missing ‘off leave’ for two days and he forfeited 2 days’ pay and was deprived of a further ten days pay.

He was killed in Action on 7th September 1918.

After he died, a list of his relatives was completed on Army Form W5080 . This confirmed he was a single man with no children . His father was Bennett William Fallows of Well House and his mother was Margaret (?). He had no brothers but 3 sisters were listed Sarah Elizabeth Connagh 40 of Rhydymwyn, Margaret Fallows 38 and Alice Gertrude Fallows.

There is correspondence between the Army and Mr Fallows Snr regarding Bennett’s medals and commemorative plaque and scroll.