Memorable Manitobans: Percival Beresford Bennett (1884-1954)
Born at Birmingham, England on 17 March 1884, son of James Alfred Beresford Bennett and Annie Bennett, he became a teacher and moved to Canada in 1906. He taught at Crosby School (1910-1911), Hernefield School (?-?), and within the Rural Municipality of Rosser (?-1916) prior to enlistment for military service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in March 1916. Though sent overseas, he was returned to Canada and granted discharge in June 1918 on account of being medically unfit. While stationed in England, he had married Kate May Tookey (1893-1973) and they had a daughter, Winona Katherine Beresford Bennett (1919-1992, wife of Mr. Zuker) after returning to Manitoba.
He returned to the teaching profession, working in the Ste. Rose du Lac area (c1919), at Willowdale School (1921) and as Principal of Beausejour School (1922-1923), Arden School (1923-1925), and Elgin School (1926-1927). Around 1935, he moved to British Columbia where he continued teaching and private tutoring.
He died at Oak Bay, British Columbia, on 17 September 1954 with his cremains were buried in the Royal Oak Burial Park at Victoria.
Birth registrations [Winona Katherine Beresford Bennett] Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Percival Beresford Bennett, Kate May Bennett, Winona Katherine Beresford Zuker] British Columbia Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
1921 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
“Varied trades among recruits,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 April 1916, page 10.
Royal Oak Burial Park Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.
North Vancouver Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 25 May 2023