Regiment : 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Service number : 32981
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 24th April 1917
Buried : Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Grave II. D. 36.
Birthplace : Lower Milton, Worcestershire, resident Stourport, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourport War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourport High School formerly in Stourport Boys School. Stourport Ancient Order of Foresters in Stourport Wesleyan Methodist Church.
Credits : Researched by Adrian Carter.
Additional information on the memorial: Pte
William was the son of Thomas Bentley of Mill Road, Stourport. He enlisted in the army in 1916 and was attached to the Lincolnshire Regiment. One of four brothers serving their country, one brother is in the North Sea squadron and another with the Italian Navy. William died of wounds received in action.
Source for additional information: Kidderminster Shuttle, 30th June 1917, reported with a photograph of William Bentley.
During April 1917, the 8th Lincolnshires were involved in the Battle of Arras. Operating at Orange Hill, North-West of Monchy-le-Preux from the 9th to 11th April and near the chemical works at Rouex, on the 23rd April.
An obituary for William Bentley appears in the Stourport Parish Magazine for June 1917.