Verney Brenton Whiteley was born in Queensbury in 1893, his parents were George and Elizabeth and he had two older brothers Harry and Sam.
The 1891 census records George and Elizabeth living at Alexander Street, Queensbury. From the 1901 census, in which Verney is first recorded, the family can be seen living in Halifax and the family address for 1911 was Rose Street, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, this address is also shown on CWGC records
At the time of the 1911 census Verney was 18 and in employment as a Hairdresser.
Verney served firstly in the West Riding Regiment and then the 26th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He died of wounds at 103rd Field Ambulance on 25th January 1917 and is buried at CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY, ARMENTIERES (III. D. 28).