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William BENTLEY

Regimental number3007
Place of birthPateley Bridge, West Riding, Yorkshire, England
SchoolSummer Bridge Public School, and Western College, Harrogate, England
Age on arrival in Australia16
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMechanic
AddressSherwood, Barnsby Grove, Dulwich Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, E Bentley, Barnsby Grove, Dulwich Hill, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets (4 years); 34th Australian Infantry Regiment (2 years); 33rd Australian Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces (1 year).
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Date of death19-20 July 1916
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialRue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 42), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
158
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward and Emma BENTLEY, 159 Livingstone Road, Marrickville, New South Wales. Native of England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn and reverted to the rank of Private, Tel el Kebir, 21 January 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 21 January 1916.

Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Admitted No 14 Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, then transferred to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916 (pyrexia, unknown origin); to No 4 Hospital Train, 4 March 1916; to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 4 March 1916 (influenza); discharged to duty and marched in Overseas Base, Cairo, then marched out from Overseas Base and rejoined unit, Tel el Kebir, 17 March 1916.

Admitted to No 14 Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 24 April 1916; discharged to duty, 25 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

Previous report of missing now, 28 July 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 350806, 1903 Sergeant A.A.J. ANTROBUS, 54th Bn (patient, Northants War Hospital, Duston, England), 3 November 1916: 'Informant states that on July 19th at Fleurbaix, Two (sic) mates of his saw L/Cpl. W. Bentley killed and it was reported back to the Regiment. It was night time near Fleurbaix. We made an attack and he had got over the first line of German trenches but we had to retire.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany. Cert by Capt Mills. 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BENTLEY William
Red Cross file 350806

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