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BentinckWalter GuyMajorAssistant Imperial Secretary
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Walter Guy Bentinck was born on 5 November 1864, son of Walter Bentinck, thirteenth baron of the Netherlands, late 15th Hussars, and Henrietta Bentinck, of Alton House, Alton, Hampshire. He was descended from Eusebius Bentinck, the elder brother of Hans William Bentinck, who was William III’s friend and advisor and who became Earl of Portland and was father of the first Duke of Portland. In 1911 Walter Guy Bentinck was authorised by Royal Warrant to bear and use in this country the title of Baron, having established his right to it under a grant of King William of the Netherlands made in 1819.

He was educated at Marlborough College and R.M.C. Sandhurst. He was gazetted into the Worcestershire Regiment in May 1885 and transferred to the Rifle Brigade three months later. He became a Captain in 1894 and a Major in 1902, and retired in 1905.

Bentinck served with distinction in the Boer War. He was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including the action at Colenso; operations of 17-24 January and 5-7 February 1900, and actions at Vaal Krantz; and operations on Tugela Heights, 14-27 February 1900. He was severely wounded at Monte Cristo on the 18th February but was sufficiently recovered to take part in the operations in Natal from March to June 1900, including the action at Laing’s Nek. Thereafter he was principally engaged in the Transvaal and was Assistant District Commissioner of Verseniging in 1900-01. He was mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 29 July 1902), and appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (London Gazette 31 October 1902).

Bentinck remained in South Africa after the war, on special service to the South African Peace Conference in 1902. He served as Resident Magistrate for the District of Wakkerstroon, Transvaal, 1901-07, and as Assistant Imperial Secretary to the High Commissioner in South Africa, 1907-11. He received the Union of South Africa Medal in 1911 and was created CMG in 1912.

Although aged 50 Bentinck re-enlisted on the outbreak of war in 1914 and served with the the B.E.F. 1914-15. In 1916 he was posted to the Directorate, Military Intelligence, at the War Office, where he remained until 1918. He was finally placed in charge of No. 2 Infantry Record Office at Preston in 1918-19. In recognition of his war work he was twice mentioned in despatches, and made a Commander of the British Empire on 3 June 1919. Bentinck made two contributions to the Rifle Brigade Chronicle, ‘Sorties from Biarritz’ in 1897, and ‘Some experiences of a Transvaal Resident Magistrate’ in 1904. Baron Bentinck was a Deputy Lieutenant for Kincardineshire and died on 7 July 1957.
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BentinckWalter GuyCaptainBENTINCK, BARON WALTER GUY, Captain, was born on 5 November 1864, son of Walter Bentinck (13th Baron, holding a Dutch title), 15th Hussars, and of Henrietta J C Bentinck, of Alton House, Alton, Hants. He was educated at Marlborough College, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and became Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade 9 May 1885; Captain November 1894, and Major 7 November 1902; retired 6 December 1905. Baron Bentinck served throughout the South African War of 1899-1902; Relief of Ladysmith, including action at Colenso; operations of 17 to 24 January and 5 to 7 February 1900, and action at Vaal Kranz; operations on Tugela Heights, 14 to 27 February 1900 (he was wounded at Monte Cristo 18 February); operations in Natal, March to June, 1900, including action at Laing's Nek; operations in Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to November 1900; Assistant District Commissioner, Vereeninging, from 18 August 1900 to 1901 (mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902]); operations in Transvaal, April, 1901, to March, 1902. He received the Queen's Medal with six clasps; King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Walter Guy Bentinck, Captain, The Rifle Brigade. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was on Special Service, South African Peace Conference, 1902; Resident Magistrate, District of Wakkerstroon, Transvaal, 1901-7. He was Assistant Imperial Secretary to the High Commissioner, South Africa, 1907-11; received the Union of South Africa Medal in 1911; was created CMG in 1912. Lieutenant Colonel Baron Bentinck served in the European War in 1914-15, in the BEF, with Directorate, Military Intelligence, War Office, 1916-17; War Office, 1918; in charge of No 2 Infantry Record Office, Preston, 1918—19. He was promoted Temporary Lieutenant Colonel 1915; Lieutenant Colonel, Reserve of Officers, 1919. He was mentioned twice in Despatches. He was fond of travel, and a member of the Travellers' Club. He married, in 1904, Anne, youngest surviving daughter of Colonel Burnett-Ramsay, Rifle Brigade, of Banchory, and they had one son: Walter Thomas Bernhard Ramsay Bentinck, born on 30 September 1905.
CMG, CBE (1st Mil), DSO, QSA (6) CC T-H OFS RofL Trans L-N (Capt R Bde), KSA (2) (Maj DSO R B) 1914 Star (Maj Baron CMG, DSO) BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Lt Col Baron) Union of SA Medal 1910 (unnamed). DNW 2002 est £1800-2000
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Prince Consort's Own) Rifle Brigade
Bentinck, LordHenry Cavendish BentinckLord Henry, born in 1863, was the son of General Bentinck. He married in 1892 Lady Olivia, daughter of Earl of Bective.Imperial Yeomanry
BentingE4th Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
BentingJohn178 TrooperSource: Nominal roll in WO127Kimberley Horse
BentlesJohannes Hercules904G&I2nd Battalion
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Imperial Light Horse
Bentley4607PrivateSlightly wounded. Near Brumershk, 4 April 1902
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
20th Hussars
BentleyA3696Corporal1st Battalion
Source: QSA roll
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
BentleyA20498GunnerWD 28 Nov 99 Modder River
Source: DCM recipients
75th Battery, RFA
BentleyASource: QSA and KSA medal rollsSteam Road Transport
BentleyA2031Private2nd Battalion
Demise: Died of disease 18 Jan 1902
Place: Bloemfontein
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
Northamptonshire Regiment
BentleyA3696CorporalQSA (3)
Source: List of QSAs with the clasp Defence of Kimberley
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
BentleyA4647PrivateQSA (4).
Source: QSA medal rolls
20th Hussars
BentleyA1367TrooperQSA (3)
Source: Provisional list of Wepener recipients
Driscoll's Scouts
BentleyASource: QSA and KSA medal rolls(King's) Shropshire Light Infantry
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