Bentley Beetham was a climbing member of the 1924 expedition. Plagued by dysentery and sciatica, he never made his mark on the advanced stages of the expedition but still managed to take some fine photographs.
Beetham was a pupil and then a teacher at Barnard Castle School, County Durham, for over 40 years. He was an enthusiastic and experienced mountaineer, and also a close friend of Somervell, with whom he made 32 alpine ascents in six weeks in 1923. As an expert ornithologist, he wrote several bird books. Following Everest, Beetham continued to climb in the Tirol and the High Atlas of Morocco, but never regained his health after a serious fall while climbing in Britain.