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Corporal E Bentley


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Corporal Ernest BENTLEY, G/751, 6th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, 37 Field Ambulance, Flanders, France, 8th October 1916, age 28.

Born Sturry, Canterbury, Kent, son of George William & Alice Annie Bentley.

29th July 1888, Sturry, baptism, Ernest Bentley son of George William & Alice Annie Bentley.

31st October 1908, Register Office, Sheerness, married Una Maria Keen, spinster, of 77 High Street, Queenborough, Kent / 21, Stanley Avenue, Queenborough, Kent.

Children - Ernest William Bentley, born 29th April 1909, Sheerness; Winifred Grace Bentley, born 22nd July 1911, Sheerness; Jesse? Archibald Bentley, born 3rd December 1913, Sheerness.


1911 Census - 21 Pottery Building, Queenborough, Kent - Ernest Bentley, head, age 22, married, skilled labourer, born Broadoak, near Canterbury, Kent; Una Maria Bentley, wife, age 23, married 3 years, 1 child still alive, born Sheerness, Kent; Ernest William Bentley, son, age 2, born Queenborough, Kent.


Enlisted Sheerness, Kent, age 26, height 5ft 6 inches, weight 136lbs.  Resided Queenborough, Kent. Formerly labourer.

2nd September 1914, enlisted; 5th September 1914, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 28th April 1915, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 9th October 1915, appointed paid Lance Corporal; 10th March 1916, Casualty Clearing Station, wounded, multiple gun shot wounds; 12th March 1916, admitted 6th General Hospital, Rouen; 30th March 1916, discharged to Convalescent Depot; 31st March 1916, admitted Convalescent Depot, Rouens; 20th March 1916, joined 12 Infantry Base Depot, Etaples; 30th April 1916, rejoined Battalion; 27th June 1916, 38 Field Ambulance, sprained ankle; 3th June 1916, Casualty Clearing Station, sprained ankle; 4th July 1916, appointed Acting Corporal; 3rd July 1916, promoted Corporal to date from 3rd July 1916; 28th July 916, discharged to Duty; 29th July 1916, rejoined Battalion; 7th October 1916, wounded.

23rd April 1917, pension of 27/6 a week awarded to widow & 3 children. Later remarried, Mrs U M Hicks.

Buried at  Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt,  II.D.33., Somme, France.  Commemorated Queenborough War Memorial.


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