Les Bennett a passionate supporter of "progress" and "justice" for mankind has passed away on the 6th April 2014 aged 94, he was born 20th March 1920 at Nursecombe near Bramley,
Les who as Branch Secretary of COHSE the health care union from 1948 was the driving force behind the union organising of health workers in the Godalming and Guildford area from the 1940's onwards. He was also a vociferous and passionate supporter of the National Health Service.
Under Les guidance the COHSE health union branch developed from a group of 10 hospital workers, to scared to make their union membership known, to a thriving union branch of over 1,000, a majority of whom were nurses.
Les Bennett was also a Hascombe Parish Council from 1953 for over fifty year, serving many years as Chairman.
He was also a regular parishioner at Hascombe village church and life long labour party member.
His legacy and battles for justice will live on and those who were fortunate enough to have known him will pay respect now and long into the future
Les Bennett - Local Hero - Friend of The People
Les Bennett with Carles Martinez, who took over as Branch Secretary in 1977
and Les wife Audrey (his not in the picture were children children were Valerie, Hazel and Lesley)
With Mike Sumers COHSE Regional secretary
With Albert Spanswick COHSE General Secretary
COHSE is now Unison