Remembered with honour Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery: Plot I, Row G, Grave 27.
He enlisted 3 September 1914 in Kensington, London; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 6 March 1915, and was killed in action. Unfortunately, Harold’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is a Death announcement for Harold in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 5 June 1915.
Son of Henry/Harry and Kate (nee SKINNER) BENTLEY of Watford.
His parents married 1885 in the Registry Office, Altrincham, Chesh. Kate died 4 August 1939 in Watford aged 78, and was buried 8 August in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford.
Harold was born 30 June 1889 in Watford. He attended first Sotheron Road Infants’ School, Watford; then Callowland Board School, Watford, from 13 January 1896 to 29 March 1904. He resided in Watford, and worked for the London & North Western Railway Company in the Publicity Department of the General Manager’s Department, Euston.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1891 Census, aged 1 he lived in Watford, with his parents and one sibling. On the 1901 Census, aged 11 he still lived in Watford, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1911 Census, a railway clerk aged 21, he still lived in Watford, with his parents and two siblings.
Unit13th (County of London) Battalion (Kensington Rifles)
Date of death09/05/1915
Age at death25*
Place of death
NotesRecorded as Sergeant in the Borough Roll of Honour
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