Bentley Harry

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Harry BENTLEY

Harry BENTLEY

Harry Bentley served in the 1st Bn. King’s Own Scottish Borderers; he was killed in action on 4th June 1915 in the Dardanelles.  Harry had been at the front since 3rd March 1915.

He was married to Emily and they had a daughter, Annie Ellen.  The family lived at 14 Park Lane.  On the 1901 census return a Harry Bentley can be found, aged 21, living with his mother Caroline at 16 Lyons Street, it is not known if this is the same man as above.

At 02:00hrs on 4th June the 1st Bn. King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB’s) were in position NW of 12 Tree Copse, on their left were the Worchester’s and, on the right, the Royal Fusiliers.  A and B companies manned the fire step with C and D in reserve.  The British bombardment began at 08:00hrs and continued intermittently until 11:20hrs when there was a lull, the men cheered and fixed bayonets.  The Turkish machine gun fire became very heavy.

The bombardment fully ceased at 12 noon and A and B companies went over the top.  They suffered severe casualties with the majority being killed close to their own parapet.  Elsewhere across the front there was some success and when C and D companies went over, at 12:35hrs, they advanced rapidly into the Turkish lines, where they consolidated their gains and dug in.

A detailed account of the action and the follow up days can be found in the Battalion war diary. The 1st Bn. King’s Own Scottish Borderers were finally relieved from the front line on 12th June.

Harry is commemorated on the HELLES MEMORIAL (Panel 85 to 93 or 220 to 222).