BENNETT, Raymond George

1874 - 1953

Raymond George Bennett, was born at 28 St Clement's Fore Street, Ipswich on 11 May 1874, second son of Frederick Bennett, a builder, and his wife Eliza née Beckett, who married at Ipswich in 1869. In 1896 he, and two of his friends, became seriously ill with typhoid fever, which was attributed to eating oysters that they had caught whilst yachting at West Mersea, Essex. He married at All Saints' Church, Ipswich on 3 August 1898, Elizabeth (Bessie) Field (5 January 1875-1957), daughter of architect Arthur Field, and in 1901, a 26 year old builder's manager, living at 5 St Helen's Street, Ipswich with his 26 year old wife Elizabeth, who was born at Norwich, and they were still living at the same address ten years later with the addition of a 1 year old daughter, Mary Christine. In 1939, a master building contractor, living at 46 Corder Road, Ipswich with his wife Elizabeth. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1939-1953 and exhibited from 46 Corder Road, Ipswich in 1941, three works 'Piemont, Jersey', 'The Smuggler's Path' and 'Corbiere, Jersey', in '1942, 'The Servant's Wing', 'On Foxhall Heath' and 'Down Belstead Way', in 1943 three oils 'Sunlight and Shadow', 'Old Ipswich' and 'The Woodman' and in 1944 he exhibited another 'Corbiere, Jersey', and in 1945 an oil 'Greve De Lecq, Jersey' but did not exhibit again. Of 46 Corder Road, and died at Foxhall Road, Ipswich on 16 October 1953, aged 79 and his wife followed four years later.