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Bennet Chart

Born:
1898
Died:
4 Iyyar 5677 (26 April 1917)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
CHA2652
Other surname:
Charitanski
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
1898
Place of birth:
Russia

Death

Date of death:
4 Iyyar 5677 (26 April 1917)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
France
Cause of death:
Died of wounds
Burial place:
Etaples Military Cemetery

Places

Addresses

Host Families home:
86 Erlanger Road, London (1917)

Synagogues

Name:
South East London Synagogue
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Jewish Chronicle Obituary, 25 May 1917

News has been received of the death in France from wounds of Pte. Bennett Chart (Charitanski). He was one of many Russian orphans who were brought to London after their parents had been killed in pogrom. A well-known lady communal worker made the mothering of these orphan children her task and she placed Chart with a respectable Jewish family in the neighbourhood of New Cross. When he was old enough he was placed with a firm, and while in their employ he bore an unblemished character and was beloved by all at the business and in the home.

He joined the territorials before he was eighteen and in due course was sent to the front. He was wounded last month and every care was bestowed upon him in the hospital to which he was conveyed. Sister Ethel Kenna, writing to his friends in London, says: - “He was so good and patient through it all. We were very fond of him, he was always so grateful for anything we did for him. He passed away in his sleep very quietly. I had been speaking to him only a few minutes before. He was a brave soul and a brother, anyone would be proud of.”

The Rev. Louis Morris C.F. also writing to the same family, says: “I have heard how popular he was amongst his comrades, all of whom join in my expression of deepest sympathy. I saw him many times in hospital and was deeply touched by the remarkable endurance and bravery he showed in fighting his pains. It is men of his type that ennoble the name of Jew and Britisher. He was buried with full military honours according to the Jewish rite at the Etaples Military Cemetery.”

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Military Record

Military service:
Army
Military record no.:
1985
Date enlisted/conscripted:
06 January 1915
Date discharged/death:
26 April 1917
Rank at discharge/death:
Private
Assignments
Regiment:
London Regiment
Battalion/unit:
4th Battalion

Roll of Honour

B. CHART, 26 April 1917

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Private
Date of Death:
26/04/1917
Age:
Regiment / service:
1st/4th Bn., London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
Cemetery:
Etaples Military Cemetery
Grave reference:
II. B. 45.
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