Captain John Bennett RN

Captain John Bennett RN

Poole born and bred, he was a Captain in the Navy engaged in wartime convoy work. He is thought to have lived in a tenement on Bennett’s Lane and probably had more interests than his naval work. Some close family members were renowned smugglers.

 

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