Herbert Cecil Benyon Berens

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Herbert Cecil Benyon Berens (16 October 1908, Bromley, formerly Kent - 27 October 1981, Bentworth, Hampshire) was a British accountant and aristocrat, military figure during World War II, and cricketer.


Herbert Cecil Benyon Berens was the son of Fanny Georgina, 3rd daughter of Alexander Atherton Park (died 1871) who was Master of the Court of Common Pleas.[1] Herbert grew up in Kevington, St. Mary Cray, Kent.[1]

As a young man he was a cricketer, representing Wellington College in Berkshire where he studied between 1925-1927 and Kent Second XI in the Minor Counties Championship in 1930.[2][3] He also studied at Christ Church College, Oxford.[4] Beren's eldest son of three,[4] Richard Wilfrid Beavoir, was born on 18 February 1933 and later educated at Eton.[5] An article from The London Gazette, dated 22 November 1938, mentions Berens as residing at 41 Bishopsgate, London and that with Leslie Robert Friend-Smith he was appointed as a joint liquidator in a special resolution passed by the Bishmore Trust Limited.[6]

On 27 June 1939, Berens was deployed under the Royal Armoured Corps to serve in Egypt and Libya during World War II.[2][7] He was awarded the Military Cross in September 1942 for his services during the war.[7][8] Major Berens purchased the Bentworth Hall in Bentworth, East Hampshire in 1947 and in 1950 built two new lodge houses at the junction of the drive.

Berens was director of Hambros bank in London from 1968.[9] He also held positions as director of Bentworth Credits Ltd, Bentworth (New Street) Ltd and Easyserve Entertainments Ltd and had business interests in liquor and also in energy according to the Financial Times.[4][9] He died on 27 October 1981 and is mentioned in The London Gazette on 29 January 1982 as being a "merchant banker" by profession and residing at Bentworth Hall until his death.[10] His Great-Granddaughter Sophia Sackville is a famous beauty.


  1. ^ a b Walford, Edward (1919). "The county families of the United Kingdom; or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland" (Volume ed.59 ed.). p. 30. 
  2. ^ a b "Territorial Army". The London Gazette. 27 June 1939. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Herbert Berens". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Financial Times Business Publishing (1980). Financial times who's who in world oil and gas. Longman Group. p. 72. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Kelly's (1 January 1969). Kelly's handbook to the titled, landed and official classes. Kelly's Directories. p. 254. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Issues". The London Gazette. 22 November 1938. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Berens, Herbert Cecil Benyon". National Archives. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Berens Family Crest". Houses of Names. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Grossman, David (1972). Who's Who in British Finance. R. R. Bowker Co. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Issues". The London Gazette. 29 January 1982. Retrieved 16 February 2012.