BENTLEY Alfred Henry
Regiment : 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Formerly 26293, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Service number : 41824
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 10th April 1918
Buried : Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France, Grave XX. B. 24.
Birthplace : Birmingham, resident and enlisted Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Old Swinford C of E School. Old Swinford St Mary's Church with the additional information: Pte Worcs.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Alfred Bentley lived in Oldswinford and attended Oldswinford C of E School. He enlisted in the Worcesters in 1916 or 1917 and was sent to the 3rd Battalion. By March 1918 the Worcesters were awaiting the first German Spring Offensive which opened on the 21st March. They were not in the front line, but they were involved on the second day of this huge attack. They suffered serious casualties and were sent back to await reinforcements to the quieter sector south of Ypres. When the second German attack started on the 9th April on the river Lys at Armentieres, they were called upon immediately. Their counter-attack failed and they suffered heavily again. Private Alfred Bentley was among the 48 who were killed in action on the 10th April 1918.