Harry (Henry) James Bentley

Name

Harry (Henry) James Bentley

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

22/11/1916
35

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Leading Stoker
298302
Royal Navy
H.M. Submarine "E30"

Awards

Not Yet Researched
Mentioned in Despatches

Cemetery/Memorial

BARKWAY (ST. MARY MAGDALENE) CHURCHYARD
16
United Kingdom

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Stanstead Abbotts Village Memorial,
Barkway Village Memorial,
St Mary Magdalene Church Memorial, Barkway,
Nuthampstead Plaque, St Mary Magdalene Church, Barkway

Pre War

Born 27/08/1881 in Nuthampstead, Nr Barkway lived with parents Ralph and Rebecca, brothers Ralph, Stanley and Francis and sisters Kate & Eva. Married Ellen Ives in 1908 in Weymouth and lived at 44 Landguard End Road, Eastney, Portsmouth. Was working locally as a labourer. His family had moved to 26 South Street, Stanstead Abbotts.

Wartime Service

Harry joined the Navy as a stoker and by 1916 had been promoted to Leading Stoker. Was serving on board HM submarine E30. Had been mentioned in despatches prior to his death on 22/11/1916 when the vessel was lost in the North Sea, the cause at the time unknown. It possibly hit a mine off Orford Ness in Suffolk where a minefield was discovered on 25/11/1916.

Harry had served in the Royal Navy for 15 years at the time of his death.

Additional Information

Harry had three brothers who were serving in the army during the war, one of whom, Ralph, was killed in France in January 1915.

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson, Adrian Pitts, Terry Collins