Private Benjamin James Whiting - S Lancs Regt, 3645917

1895 Born Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

Son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Whiting, of Caerau, Bridgend, Glam.; husband of Rachel Mary Whiting, of 10, Greenfield Terrace, Argoed, Mon.

1901 census living at 1, Mount Pleasant Cottages, Llanwonno, Mountain Ash

1910 Enlisted in Welsh Regiment. Had been employed at Markham Collery before enlisting

1911 census living at 1 M Pleasant Cotts Miskin Mountain Ash

1913 Dec 14. Promoted Corporal

1914 Sep 12. Promoted L/Sgt

1914 Nov 10. Lands in France

1914 Dec 25. Suffered frostbite

1916 May 6. Absent without leave for 4 days. Reduced to Corporal

1916 Jul 28 Relegated to Class W Reserve

1917 Oct/Dec The marriage of Benjamin J. Whitings and Rachel M. Beard, was registered in Bedwellty district, Monmouthshire

1918 Apr 18.Rejoined and Posted to 4th Reserve Battalion Welsh Regt

1918 Jul 4. Into hospital in Penbroke with influenza

1918 Jul 16 Leaves hospital

1918 Aug 16. Army issues him with a truss for hernia

1918 Sep 6. Posted back to France

1919 Jan 1. To Class Z Reserves. He is married at this stage. Wife Beatrice Whiting

1921 Mar 19. Wounded in Aungier St Ambush in Dublin

1921 Mar 21, Died of wounds

His grandson said I have some correspondence from the Ministry of Pensions to my grandmother, dated from December 1921, starting with the advice that she had been awarded the sum of £200 in compensation. Following letters told her that her widow's pension would be withheld until the full amount of compensation had been recovered, so in fact the pension for her and her 2-year-old daughter (my mother) was withheld until June 1923. When payment resumed (apparently late, because one letter mentions 12-months-worth of arrears!) a weekly deduction of 5s 1d was made, which was deemed to be the annuity value of the compensatory sum.


British Soldiers died in Ireland