Private 10784 Benjamin Whitehouse

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Killed in Action Gallipoli on Sunday, 22nd August 1915, age 33.
Commemorated on Panel 171 and 173 of Helles Memorial, Turkey.

6th Bn., York & Lancaster Regiment. 32nd Brigade of 11th Division.

Son of Thomas Whitehouse; husband of Drucilla Whitehouse, of 13, Maltby St., Denaby Main, Rotherham.
Born: Burnt Tree, Enlisted: Denaby, Yorks, Resident: Denaby, Yorks..

First landed Balkans, 2nd July 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived, not yet transcribed.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/684342/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Benjamin Whitehouse registered June Quarter 1882 in Dudley.

1901 Census
1 Coneygree Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Whitehouse (46, Furnace Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Sarah (43, born Dudley), and their 5 children: Joseph (22, Cinder Labourer, born Tipton), Benjamin (18, Brickyard Labourer, born Tipton), Annie (13, born Tipton), Emma (11, born Tipton), and Thomas (7, born Tipton).

Marriage of Benjamin Whitehouse and Drucilla Clee, 29th July 1905 at Tipton Parish Church (St. Martin's Church).

1911 Census
88 Cliff View, Denaby, Yorkshire.
Benjamin Whitehouse (28, Coal Miner - Hewer, born Tipton), his wife Priscilla (26, born Sedgley), and their 3 surviving children of 4: Horace (4, born Burnt Tree, Tipton), Evelyn (2, born Denaby), and Lily (6 months, born Denaby).
A further child, Doris, was born in Denaby on 3rd December 1913. Sadly, Evelyn died in December quarter 1914.

Personal Data

Benjamin's brother Thomas Whitehouse was killed on 15th October 1914 in French Flanders, near Bethune, serving with the Royal Scots Regiment.

Benjamin enlisted with the York & Lancaster Regiment on 16th August 1914 in Denaby, near Rotherham, Yorkshire. He was 5 feet 6½ inches tall, weighed 140 pounds with a 36½-inch chest, and his physical development was noted as good.

Benjamin joined the 6th Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment and underwent training in Grantham and Witley. During training, Benjamin forfeited pay for an unauthorised absence from 5th to 10th February 1915. His battalion, as part of the 11th (Northern) Division, departed from Liverpool and first landed at Suvla Bay on 6th August 1915.

After Benjamin’s death, his army pay and allowances had been overpaid by £1/6/5d (1 pound, 6 shillings and 5 pence); his relatives were informed of this in November 1915 but there is no indication that they were ever asked to re-pay the balance. His War Gratuity was £3/10/0d (3 pounds and 10 shillings), this was paid to his widow, Druscilla, in August 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Benjamin had enlisted in August 1914.

Druscilla had been receiving a Separation Allowance of 18/6d (18 shillings and 6 pence) per week, plus an allotment from Benjamin’s pay of 4/1d (4 shillings and 1 penny) per week. This ceased on 12th March 1916 when she began to receive a Widow’s Pension of £1/0/6d (1 pound 6 pence) per week for herself and her 3 children.

Action resulting in his death

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Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald October 9th 1915
Private Ben Whitehouse is the second of a Dudley Port family to give his life for his King and Country. His brother, Thomas Whitehouse, was killed in action in France during the latter part of last year.
Benjamin enlisted in the York and Lancaster Regiment at the outbreak of the war, and his widow has recently received official intimation of his death while serving in the Dardanelles, on August 22nd. Private Whitehouse leaves three children.