|Private Benjamin James Whiting|
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
|Death: ||Mar. 21, 1921|
County Kerry, Ireland
Casualty of the Great War, Benjamin was a Private in the South Lancashire Regiment: Service No: 3645917. He died when ambushed while travelling in a train at Headford, County Kerry,during the Irish War of Independence.The guerrilla war in Kerry escalated rapidly in the spring of 1921. The county was occupied by the British Army, Auxiliary Division and Black and Tan paramilitary police, and the ordinary Royal Irish Constabulary police.
The Second Kerry Brigade (South Kerry) of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) ambushed a train carrying British troops at Headford Junction railway station (near Killarney, County Kerry).At least 16 people died in the incident – 10 British soldiers, 2 IRA volunteers and 4 civilians (including an informer killed after the ambush).
He was 26 and the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Whiting, of Caerau, Bridgend, Glam.He left a widow, Rachel Mary Whiting, of 10, Greenfield Terrace, Argoed, Monmouthshire.
Civil Registration:Births Jun 1894
Whiting Benjamin James Merthyr T. 11a 628
Other casualties of the Headford Ambush with place of interment where known,include:
Lieutenant C E Adams d.Mar. 21, 1921 Sutton Cemetery of Ashfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield,
Private A George d. Mar. 21, 1921 Killarney New Cemetery, Killarney,Kerry,Ireland
Private Frederick George West d. Mar. 21, 1921 Brookwood (United Kingdom 1914-1918) Memorial, Brookwood,Surrey
Private Frank Edward Woods, d. Mar. 21, 1921 Brookwood (United Kingdom 1914-1918) Memorial, Brookwood,Surrey
Private George Edward L.Young, b. Sep., 1900 d. Mar. 21, 1921 Fulham Palace Road Cemetery,Fulham
Lance Corporal Edward Albert Chandler d. Mar. 21, 1921 Brookwood (United Kingdom 1914-1918) Memorial, Brookwood,Surrey
Sgt George Brundish b. 1889 d. Mar. 21, 1921,St Peter Churchyard,Thundersley,Essex.
Crest of the
South Lancashire Regiment
B. J. WHITING
South Lancashire Regt.
21st March 1921 age 26
by his loving wife & child
Grangegorman Military Cemetery
County Dublin, Ireland
Plot: CE. 822.
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