Charles Bentley

Date of birth: 1892
Place of birth: Islington
Service No.: A/202624
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment / Division: King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Battalion: 10th battalion
Died: 30 November 1917, aged 25 years
Commemorated: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France (Panel 9)

Life before the War

Firstly, there appears to be no census proof that this family lived in Southampton.

One source states they lived at 29 Bevois Street although, in 1911, the family were resident in West Ham.

Charles was the eighth of 9 siblings whose father was Richard ARTHUR Bentley.

Arthur was born in Manchester in 1844 and he married Eliza Harrick Turner in Islington in 1864.

They had 2 daughters during their short marriage…..

  1. Eliza Harrick   b. 29 October 1866 Islington   d. ??
  2. Emma Louisa   b. 1869 Islington   d. 1882 Islington

Arthur then married Minnie Sarah Grimaldi in 1873; Minnie was born in Clerkenwell in 1853 and she died in Edmonton in 1928. Arthur also died in Edmonton, but in 1908.

Siblings:

  1. Louisa Ann   b. 1873 Islington   d. 1940 Hendon   Married a Mr. Fitzpatrick in Edmonton in 1892.
  2. Minnie Griselda   b. 1874 Islington   d. 1954 Romford  Married Robert Smith Gillard in Edmonton in 1895.
  3. George Edward   b. 1881 Islington   d. 1881 Islington
  4. Jenny Elizabeth   b. 20.4.1882 Islington   d. 1931
  5. Albert Victor E.   b. 1886 Holloway   d. ??
  6. Charles
  7. Robert A.   b. 1895 Islington   d. ??

War Service

Charles volunteered in May 1915, and arrived in France with his unit later that year.

He was in hospital for approximately 6 months in 1916 and, after his recovery, was reported missing during the Battle of Cambrai.

The battle was fought between November and December 1917, with the first Allied attack begun early on 20 November. Tanks were used rather than artillery and initial advances were remarkable, until a halt was called on 22 November for rest and reorganisation.

This allowed the Germans to reinforce and from the 23rd until the 28th, intense fighting was concentrated around Bourton Wood. By the 29 November, it was clear that the Germans were ready to mount a major counter-attack. During the fighting of the next 5 days, much of the ground gained in the initial days of the attack was lost.

The 10th Battalion was disbanded on 5 February 1918 near Ypres.

The Memorial commemorates more than 7000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the Battle, and have no known grave.

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 10/08/2015
Updated:

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