Dr Charles Patrick (Pat) Bennett: 1917-2017 (1937, Medicine)
Born in 1917, Dr Charles Patrick Bennett, better known as Pat, was raised in Devon and went on to study at Harrow School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. After training to become a doctor at the London Hospital, he worked as a GP in Petersfield and Totton before moving to Loddon in Norfolk, where he was the senior partner of the medical practice for 26 years.
He became the village GP in 1952 and later that decade oversaw the construction of the first purpose-built surgery in Loddon which he paid for himself. For many years during his career he also gave lectures in first aid for St John Ambulance.
Dr Bennett served in the field ambulance during the Second World War, landing on Sword Beach on D Day and serving in Europe with the Royal Norfolk Regiment. His bravery was recently recognised with the award of the Legion d’Honneur medal by the French government for the part he played in the liberation of France.
Following his retirement as a GP, Dr Bennett worked until the age 70 for the Blood Donor Service. He also enjoyed caravanning and wood turning.
In September 2016 he and his wife Beth celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
He died on 27 January 2017 and leaves his widow Beth, three children, nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Written by Pat's son, John Bennett.