Whitley, Benjamin Heywood

Benjamin Heywood Whitley, Mentioned in Dispatches, 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion Royal Scots.

Killed in action 17 July 1916, aged 37.

He is buried in Quarry Cemetery, Montauban.

Son of Benjamin and Hannah of Darlaston Staffordshire. The 1911 census shows him as Assistant school master St Cuthbert’s College, Worksop.

The 3rd Battalion was a reserve Battalion and Benjamin was serving with the 11th Bn Royal Scots when he was killed during the Battle of the Somme.
The Official History records this battalion “advanced along the Western side of North Street at 10.00am on the 17th, the advance failed in the face of heavy machine gun fire.” Battalion casualties 14th to 17th July 321 officers and men.

North Street is the road which runs from Longueval to Flers .