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The King George V Coronation (Royal Parks) Medal, 1911 and Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal to Isaac Bennell(Awarded 1888).

Royal Parks

Royal Park Keeper Isaac Bennell

 

The King George V Coronation (Royal Parks) Medal, 1911

Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (1888)

 

The Early Years

Isaac Bennell was born in Bow, London or Colchester, Essex,  between 1850 – 1854, depending on whether you believe his Army enlistment papers or his birth certificate. He may have been born in Colchester in Essex in 1854, but he was baptised in St John’s, Wapping when his parents were living at 19 Bird Street. His father was William John Bennell, a Carpenter, and his mother, Mahala Sparks. 

 

Royal Engineers

Isaac Bennell, (19 years, 5 months), an Apprentice Mason of Bow, London, joined the Royal Engineers as Sapper No. 10422 at Westminster on 2 April 1870. On 5 April 1870, he was Attested and signed on for twelve years and paid a Bounty of £2 for enlisting and signed the form in receipt. He may have added at least four years on to his age.

 

His description on enlistment was 5’ 6” tall, a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair.

 

His next of kin (NOK) when he first joined the Army was his mother, Mrs Mahala Bennell whose address was 4 Golden Noble Hill, Military Road, Colchester. After 4 February, 1890, his NOK was his wife Isabella.

 

Military History Sheet

The Military History sheet shows Isaac Bennell’s postings over his whole service.

 

Country

From

To

Years

Days

Home

5 April 1870

18 May 1873

3

44

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

19 May 1873

3 November 1873

 

169

Bermuda

4 November 1873

27 May 1874

 

205

Halifax

28 May 1874

8 November 1874

 

165

Bermuda

9 November 1874

31 May 1875

 

204

Halifax

1 June 1875

8 November 1875

 

161

Bermuda

9 November 1875

29 May 1876

 

202

Halifax

30 May 1876

28 September 1876

 

122

Bermuda

29 September 1876

18 May 1877

 

232

Halifax

19 May 1877

25 October 1878

1

160

Home

26 October 1878

28 January 1879

 

95

India

29 January 1879

19 April 1886

7

81

Home

20 April 1886

31 January 1898

11

287

 

Total

27

302

 

Isaac’s promotions are listed as follows:

 

Rank

Date

Lance Corporal

1 April 1876

2ndCorporal

1 July 1877

Corporal

18 September 1878

Sergeant

1 December 1881

Company Sergeant Major

1 March 1887

Quarter Master Sergeant

1 June 1889

 

Award of Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

The Military History Sheet also records that Isaac Bennell was awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1888. 

 

Register of Marriages in Dundee, Angus, 1890

The Military History Sheet of Isaac Bennell records that ‘On 4 February 1890 at Dundee, he married, with leave, Isabella Gray’.

 

The same document records that his children and their dates of birth were as follows:

 

Names of Children

Dates of Birth

Ada Mahala Bennell

18 April 1891

Bessie Isobel Bennell

15 October 1892

Alexander Lewis Bennell

6 April 1894

 

Census of England 1891

Among those living at the Royal Engineers Quarters in West Street, Harwich in Essex on the night of the Census, 1891 were the following. Isaacs age makes his date of birth around 1851 which agrees with the age he gave on joining the Army.

 

Name and Age

Occupation

Place & County of Birth

Isaac Bennell, (40)

Quarter Master Sergeant, Royal Engineers

Colchester, Essex

Isabella Bennell, (28)

Wife

Aberdeen, Scotland

John Bennell, (2)

Son

Aberdeen, Scotland

Mary Ann Bennell, (22)

Visitor

Colchester, Essex

 

Discharge from the Royal Engineers, 1898

Isaac Bennell retired from the Army on 31 January 1898 with a total service of 27 years and 302 days. It is likely that he had the job with Royal Parks, part of the Office of Works of Her Majesty’s Government, lined up before his retirement.

 

Census of England 1901

Among those living at 8 Addington Street, Lambeth, London on the night of the Census 1901, were the following. In this Census and for the rest of his life, Isaac’s age is given such as his year of birth was around 1854, which is probably more accurate than previously.

 

Name and Age

Occupation

Place & County of Birth

Isaac Bennell, (47)

Park Keeper, St James’ Park

Colchester, Essex

Isabella Bennell, (36)

Wife

Aberdeen, Scotland

John Bennell, (12)

Scholar

Aberdeen, Scotland

Ada Bennell, (10)

Scholar

Harwich, Essex

Bessie Bennell, (8)

Scholar

Harwich, Essex

Alexander Bennell, (7)

Scholar

Harwich, Essex

William B Lewis, (31)

Ironmonger’s Assistant/Boarder

Colchester, Essex

Ernest Shiplet, (25

Engineer’s Fitter/Boarder

Switzerland, Swiss Subject

Edward Chivers

Engineer’s Fitter/Boarder

Germany, German Subject

 

Census of England 1911

Name and Age

Occupation

Place & County of Birth

Isaac Bennell, (57)

Army Pensioner/Park Keeper

London, Middlesex

Isabel Bennell, (46)

Wife

Aberdeen, Scotland

Bessie J Bennell, (18)

Dressmaker

Harwich, Essex

Sidney Hunt, (23)

Chauffer

Norwich, Norfolk

Mary Park, (67

Machinist

London, Middlesex

 

The King George V Coronation (Royal Parks) Medal 1911

Park Keeper Isaac Bennell stationed that year in St James’ Park, along with 108 of his London colleagues and 11 in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, were awarded the King George V Coronation (Police) Medal with the ‘Royal Parks’ reverse. 

 

Register of Deaths in London 1917

Isaac Bennell, (63), died in Marylebone, London on 9 January 1917.

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