Lt. Edmund Benchley

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Edmund Nathaniel Benchley

Birthdate: (22)
Birthplace: Worcester, MA, United States
Death: July 1, 1898 (22)
Cuba (killed in the Battle of San Juan during Spanish American War)
Place of Burial: New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Henry Benchley and Maria Jane Benchley
Fiancé of Lillian Duryea
Brother of Robert Benchley

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About Lt. Edmund Benchley

Edmund Benchley graduated from West Point in April 1898. He was assigned to the 6th U.S. Infantry at the rank of Lieutenant. Less than three months later, on 1 July 1898, he was killed in action during the Battle of San Juan, Cuba, an engagement of the Spanish American War.

Edmund was the older brother of Robert Charles Benchley (September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945) an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor.

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Lt. Edmund Benchley's Timeline

March 3, 1876
Worcester, MA, United States
July 1, 1898
Age 22

Robert's older brother, Edmund, was rushed to the Spanish-American War days after graduation from West Point (1898), and was a casualty almost immediately. The Benchley family was attending a public Fourth of July picnic when a bicycle messenger brought the notification telegram. In unthinking, stunned reaction, Maria ("Jenny") Benchley cried out "Why couldn't it have been Robert?!", then standing by her side at the age of nine. (from Wikipedia)

New York, United States