Friends of Hastings Cemetery

Samuel James Bennett,

BB I02 - (A rather grand broken column with wreath on plinth)

In Loving

Memory of

Samuel James Bennett

Of the Firs, Staplecross

Born at Shepton Mallett


April 30th 1832

Died May 23rd 1881

‘A loving husband, a fond

 father ,a devoted son. An

affectionate brother. An

unfailing friend. Earnest and

decisive in business. Endowed with rare

 abilities. Early consecrated to the Master’s

 use. To the inexpressible grief of those that

 survive him he was suddenly in the noon of

 his life summoned to the nearer and holier

 service of the church above.’

Hastings and St Leonards Observer, 11 June 1881 -


 Dr. Shaw, Hastings, and Dr. Stephen Yeldham, of London, were immediately summoned by telegram, but before they could reach Staplecross, Mr. Bennett had peacefully passed away, at a few minutes past nine o'clock.

Samuel James Bennett was the son of William Bennett and Elizabeth Bennett, brother of William Henry Bennett; Elizabeth Susannah Bennett and Thomas John Wesley Bennett

Hastings and St Leonards Observer, 11 June 1881

DEATH GF MR. SAMUEL JAMES BENNETT. The remains of Mr. Samuel James Bennett, well known in local Nonconformist circles, were  interred a few days ago at the beautiful cemetery . ! at Ore, his last resting place being on the right of the central path beyond the chapel.  The following are some extracts of article on the deceased which appeared in the Commercial Gazette, of which , he was proprietor  -