JOSEPH NEWTON BENNISON


From Correspondence with Joseph's Niece we have come to the following information

His parents went to Nederweert twice after 1948 to visit his grave, this is also reflected in the old Adoption Register. However, we have not been able to find out approximately where he died because in the registration document we can see a date of November 30, 1945, the relevant coordinate corresponds to the current location of the cemetery in Nederweert. .

 

His Niece Sallie Fall wrote,

"Joe", as he was known, was born in 1926 in Runswick, a North Yorkshire village, the youngest son of Mr and Mrs TW Bennison.

When he got out of school, he worked in the family business and when he was 16 years old, he joined the Home Guard. He was an avid sportsman who especially loved football and cricket. At the age of 18 he joined the regular army and was very proud of his regiment, the Green Howards. Joe was broadcast abroad in October 1944. A month later, on November 26, 1944, he died of his wounds in Blerick, Netherlands



In the period that Joseph was killed and this linked to the location in question, we can conclude that he was killed during Operation Nutcracker. Nutcracker's purpose was to drive German troops out of the bridgehead between the Peel and the Maas in the period November and December 1944 in Limburg (Netherlands) and to shift the western front to the Meuse. The operation lasted from November 14, 1944 to December 3, 1944.

The regiment Joseph was serving at that time was part of 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division, also known as the Polar bears (because of their emblem, the fighting in Norway in 1940 and their stationing in Iceland).



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