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Private John G Bennison


Claro Times - 8th October 1915

One more name has this week to be added to Harrogate's roll of honour, of brave citizens who have laid down their lives in the country's cause.

Private Harry Bennison, aged 30, of Elmwood Street, of the 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, is the latest local man to be reported killed. His death took place under somewhat singular circumstances. He was a reservist, and having been called up on the outbreak of war, had been at the Front twelve months, going through several fierce engagements without mishap. He had been granted leave, and spent this at Harrogate, returning to duty only last week. On his way to the trenches he fell a victim to a stray bullet which struck him in the head.

Bennison was formerly in the employ of the Harrogate Corporation, as a carter, and leaves a widow and two children, with whom much sympathy is felt. He has a brother in the 5th West Yorks, and a brother-in-law in the Yorkshire Hussars.


Harrogate Herald - 6th February 1918

War Notes

John G Bennison has been out at the Front 15 months, and the only Harrogate man in his battalion. Before enlisting he was employed by Messrs Bentley's, brewers, and he worked for Messrs Haw and Foster, contractors. His home is at 55 Denmark Street, [54 in street directory] Harrogate. His brother Harry Bennison, was killed two days after returning from leave.