Evidence of Police Sergeant Enoch Haddon Bennett

 

Sergeant Bennett was a member of the Warwickshire Constabulary, and was stationed in Kenilworth; he was born in 1900, and died in 1965.

“I was on duty at Kenilworth at 2.45 a.m. on the 21st November 1940. An air raid warning had been sounded and was in operation at that time. Hostile aircraft were in the vicinity of Kenilworth at the time, and two land mines were dropped. One fell in the vicinity of the Cemetery and the other in Abbey End, Kenilworth. The latter destroyed a number of buildings in Abbey End, and included in those was Number 5, the residence of George and Nellie Webb, who were reported missing and never traced.”

“I produce a plan of the district before the destruction, showing the approximate point where the land mine exploded.”

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Part of the plan provided by Sgt Bennett, showing the location the land mine exploded. The buildings in red are those that were damaged or destroyed, others (not seen in this crop) are drawn in blue. The arrow is actually pointing to the rear of 1 Abbey End not number 5.

(Map reproduced by courtesy of Merima Hadzic, Warwick County Records Office, CR 1769/13/357)