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Name: Mark Hedley BETTISON
Casualty No.: Ranks: Captain Initials: M H Service No.:
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Otterburn, Northumberland. Age at Death: 29
Unit: 1st/9th Bn Durham Light Infantry (Territorial Force)
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Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
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Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Worked at Lloyds Bank at Newburn on Tyne, Northumberland.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Tuesday 18th April 1916
Place of Death: Ypres (Ieper). Belgium.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Holy Cross Church Shrine, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: Roll of Honour 1914-1918 of all Newcastle Bank Staff. Holy Trinity Church Plaque 1916, Whitfield, Northumberland. 1914-1918 War Memorial Cross, Holy Trinity Church, Whitfield, Northumberland. Haltwhistle War Memorial, Haltwhistle, Northumberland.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, Voormezeele, Belgium. Grave reference II. O. 3.
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Photographs: 5
Service Records: No
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Family Details:
Son of the Reverend Henry Albert Bettison, Rector of the Parish of Whitfield, Northumberland, and Mrs Frances Bettison. Husband of Alice H Humfray (formerly Bettison) of 49 Queens Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland (formerly of Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham). Brother: Francis Henry Bettison, 2nd Lieutenant, Border Regiment.
Notes : Francis relinquished his commission to become Chaplain, 22nd October 1916. He became Honorary Chaplain to the Forces, 27th October 1919. Captain Bettison had served four years in the ranks of the 6th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. He then took his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in December 1912. He left for France on 16th July 1915, serving just nine months in the theatre of war. He had only been married to Alice since January 1915. It was reported in the Blaydon Courier on 17th June 1916 that a letter had been received by the Ryton Urban District Council from Captain Bettisona's widow, thanking the Council for their vote of sympathy.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Officers Died in the Great War. Hexham Herald, 29th April 1916.
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