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Lt Col Richard N. Bendyshe - Shot by a 'Spy' or sentry?














Memorial Plaque in St Peters Chrurch , Canterbury. A.M.D.G. AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ RICHARD NELSON BENDYSHE/ LT COLONEL R.M.L.I/ DEARLY BELOVED SON IN LAW OF/ HENRY JOHN AND ISABELLA ANN WARDELL/ WHO FELL AT GABA TEPE MAY 1ST 1915/ ON WHOSE SOUL MAY GOD HAVE MERCY

Another account of his service, the recording of his death is a little different;


Richard Nelson (Dick) Bendyshe

Service Branch: Royal Marine Light Infantry

Unit: Deal Bn.

Rank: Major & Brevet Lieutenant Colonel

Death Date: 1 May 1915

Cause of Death: Accidentally killed (shot in the stomach by a Royal Marine of the Deal Bn. whilst visiting the trenches at night)

Burial: Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac (Gi 7)

Service History: Commissioned Lieutenant RMLI 1/9/1885, Captain 1/4/1895, Major 5/5/1906, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 1/2/1910; Deal Bn. at Dunkirk & Antwerp 1914 ; Deal Bn. MEF 28/2/15-1/5/15 DD.


Notes: Officer Commanding Deal Bn. 10/4/15-1/5/15 ; 6th Bn Australian Imperial Forces was to take over trenches held by Deal Bn. commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Bendyshe. Lieutenant Colonel McNicoll with Bendyshe and his Regimental Sergeant Major with some runners went for a recce. It was nearly finished and they rounded a corner when the marines started shooting at them. Bendyshe and his Regimental Sergeant Major were both killed. The Marines then charged with bayonets fixed and fortunately McNicoll was not stabbed. The runners were screaming at the Marines and finally quiet was restored. McNicoll ended up with cut hands from grabbing at the bayonets. They carted him off to the beach, bandaged his hands and gave him some sedatives (probably a bottle of rum). He stayed there the night and returned in the morning to his unit.; The Regimental Sergeant Major cannot be identified at present ; 2nd Lieutenant Raymond Humphrey Quill RMLI & his (12th) Platoon of 'C' Company, Deal Bn., were returned to HQ the following morning but 2nd Lieutenant Quill was returned to his trench. The Platoon involved in the incident were no doubt required to give evidence at the Court of Inquiry held at Brigade HQ at 9.30am 1/5/15. (2nd Lieutenant Quill went sick with diarrhoea 11/7/15 & was invalided home 28/8/15. He retired in 1950 as Colonel R.H. Quill CBE DSO MVO RM). ; Son of Nelson and Charlotte Bendyshe. Husband of Eleanor Margaret Bendyshe, of Barrington Hall, Cambridgeshire. ; Name commemorated on a brass plaque in All Saints' Church, Barrington, Cambridgeshire. [The Kings Candlesticks - Family Trees]



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