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Surname: BENTHAM

Forename(s): William

Place of Birth: Dent, Yorkshire

Service No: 14940

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 4th Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1916-10-12

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: DENT, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

William Bentham was the son of James and Margaret Bentham, née Mason. Both parents were born at Dent Yorkshire. Margaret died in 1890 and James married Agnes Ann Capstick in 1909.

1891 Cowgill, Dent, Yorkshire Census: Sourthwaite - William Bentham, aged 4 years, born Dent. [James Bentham and his children, William, Jane and Thomas were living with his parents, Thomas and Jane Bentham.]

1901 Deepdale, Dent, Yorkshire Census: Nun House - William Bentham, aged 13 years, born Dent, son of James Bentham, widower.

1911 Donington Parish [near Shifnal], Shropshire Census: Renshaw Wood, Codsall Wood - William Bentham, aged 23 years, born Dent, Yorkshire. Mole Catcher. [William was boarding with John and Harriet Parton.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William Bentham, 14940, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 13.5.15. Pres. Dead 29.7.16 [sic].

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Bentham, 14940, 2 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 12.10.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Bentham, 14940, 2nd Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 10.12.16. France. Officially accepted. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - James. £23 9s. 1d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) for William not found.

A short biography of William is included in: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 – But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

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Private William BENTHAM

Private William BENTHAM

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

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Surname: BENTHAM

Forename(s): William

Born: Dent, Yorks

Residence: Dent

Enlisted: Wolverhampton

Number: 14940

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 2nd Battalion


Died Date: 12/10/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: BENTHAM

Forename(s): William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 14940

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 2nd Bn.



Died Date: 12/10/1916

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'Westmorland Mercury and Times' (20 February 1915)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)


A roll of honour, containing the names of all old scholars of the Dent Church Day School is to be placed in the Schoolroom for future reference. The roll already contains the names of 23 old scholars who have joined the Forces. The list is as follows:-Robert G. Hutchinson, 1891-1895, lost in H.M.S. 'Good Hope,' Nov. 1st, 1914; Jas. H. Batty, 1899-1902, pupil teacher, 1902-1905, 6th Liverpool King's Rifles; John Haygarth, 1897-1906, awarded Dent Grammar School Scholarship, 1906, 7th City of London, Dispatch Rider; Arnold Sparks, 1899-1907, awarded C.C. Teacher Scholarship, 1907, 8th Duke of Wellington's Regt.; William Dinsdale, 1903-1908, awarded C.C. Scholarship 1908, 6th Duke of Wellington's Regt.; George Raw, 1865-1874, Canadian Highlanders, also served in the Boer War, 1899-1902; Thomas Brunskill, 1880, also served in the Boer War; Wm. T. Burrow, Old Grammar School scholar, 6th Duke of Wellington's Regt.; Jos. P. Burrow, 1889-1908, 2nd W.R. Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C.; Chas. Burrow, 1897-1904, Royal Field Artillery; John Langstroth, 1882-1889, Royal Field Artillery; Thos. Cragg, 1884-1886, Duke of Wellington's Regt.; Leonard Mason, 1885, R.F.A.; John Hodgson, 1889-1900, R.F.A.; Wm. Bentham, 1893-1900, 3rd Duke of Wellington's Regt.; Carl Braithwaite, 1897-1907, 10th Duke of Wellington's Regt.; Jno. B. Davidson, 1900-1905, 10th Duke of Wellington's Regt.; Jno. Powley, 1898-1905, R.F.A.; W.H. Bowness, 1895-1901, R.F.A.; Arthur Conder, 1896-1901, R.F.A.; Parrington Dixon, 1889-1901, 16th (S) Prince of Wales' Regt.; Edmund Gornall, 1892-1911, 16th (S) Prince of Wales' Regt.; Ernest Parrington, 1901-1907, 6th (R) West Riding Regt.

BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

2nd Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Moved forward via Bernafay Wood to Flers Line (9/10). Attack near Lesbœufs (Spectrum Trench) (12/10) - forming with 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers part of assaulting force. Casualties - 342.

[William Bentham was killed in the attack on Spectrum Trench, 12th October 1916.]


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10 November 1916

DENT - War Items

Pte. Wm. Bentham, West Riding Duke of Wellington's Regiment, has been reported from France as missing since October 12th.

Pte. Wilfred Brunskill, London Regiment (Civil Service Rifles), has also been reported as missing since September 15th.

01 June 1917


A memorial service in memory of the local soldiers who have recently fallen in the war was held in St. Andrew's Church on Sunday. The soldiers lost include Pte. N. Hawkings, West Yorks.; Pte. R. Powley [Pooley], R.A.M.C.; Pte. B. Pinch, R.F.A., who have been killed in action; Pte. W. Bentham, Duke of Wellington's, who has been missing since October last; Pte. W. Brunskill, London Civil Service Rifles, who has been missing since last September; Pte. P. Dixon, who has been missing since July last and is now considered killed in action. There was a very large congregation, and the service opened with the voluntary 'O Rest in the Lord,' and included special lessons, part of the Committal service for the Burial of the Dead, a sermon by the Vicar from the text, 'Unto God will I commit my cause' (Job v. 8), and concluded with the hymn, 'Now the labourer's task is o'er,' and the voluntary 'Crossing the Bar.'

A memorial service was held in the Primitive Chapel, Deepdale, on Sunday afternoon in memory of Pte. B. Pinch, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Pinch, of Deepdale. The service was conducted by the Rev. P.H. Powell, of Dent, and there were a good number of sympathetic friends and relations present.

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01 June 1917


MEMORIAL SERVICE - On Sunday evening last the Vicar conducted a service in the Parish Church to the memory of those Dent men who have recently fallen in the war, namely, N. Hawkins, R, Pooley, B. Pinch, W. Bentham, W. Brunskill, and J. [P.] Dixon (the last three reported as missing some time ago, but now believed to have been killed). A portion of the burial service was read by the Vicar, who afterwards preached an impressive sermon from Job. v. 8. - In the afternoon Rev. P.H. Powell (circuit minister) conducted a service in Deepdale Primitive Methodist Chapel to the memory of Pte. B. Pinch. There was a good attendance.

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