BENNER, William Roger

1884 - 1964

Lavenham Square, Suffolk

William Roger Benner, was born at Nottingham on 8 September 1884, son of Walter Benner, a house decorator, and his wife Catherine née Roberts, who married at Shardlow, Derbyshire in 1883. Educacted at Hickling's School, Loughborough and in 1901 the family were living at 97 Wilford Crescent East, Nottingham when William was a 16 year old 'architect's office clerk'. Ten years later the family were living at Thackeray Road, Nottingham when father Walter was a manager of public baths and 26 year old William was a engineer's draughtsman. William studied at Nottingham School of Art, his teachers included Arthur Spooner (1873-1962) and Herbert Wilson Foster (1848-1929), and during the Great War, William was a commissioned officer. After the war he returned to Nottingham as art master at High Pavement School and after 27 years service, in the mid 1950s retired to Blythburgh, Suffolk. An artist in oil and watercolours and a teacher and a member and exhibitor at Ipswich Art Club 1960-1964 also a member and exhibitor at the Great Yarmouth & District Society of Artists 1958-1964, also exhibiting at Nottingham Castle Art Gallery and Museum; the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour and produced many railway pictures, his painting 'After the Blitz' was reproduced in 'Nottigham-An Illustrated History' (1997). At the centenary exhibition of the Ipswich Art Club in 1974 his watercolours 'Heveningham' and 'Woodbridge', which was on the catalogue front cover, were displayed. He died at Blythburgh, Suffolk on 5 November 1964, aged 80. He had married twice, firstly at Nottingham in 1916, Bertha Shore who died in 1921 and secondly at Knaresborough in 1923 Gertrude Gandy, and she died in 1987, aged 90.

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