Bentley Family

“The War Memorial”.  My Grandfather is one of the men whose name is on this memorial Frank Charles Bentley, although I see that he is “W Bentley” on the photograph. I wonder why?.  He was born in Henham on January 21st 1881 and was married in Henham Parish Church on May 23rd 1904 to Rosetta Parker. He died on March 25th 1918, has no known grave & his memorial in France is on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France on panels 28 & 29. He was a private in the 7th Bn, Bedfordshire Regiment & his service number was 17561.

He had 6 children, Charles, Albert, Annie, Florrie, Esther my mother, & Nellie. His wife died on Christmas Day 1923 and the children were fostered until they were old enough to look after themselves. His father was Alfred Bentley and his mother was Martha Rickett. Alfred was born September 30th 1841 in Debden & married Martha in Henham on May 2nd 1868. I have found them on the 1881 census living at Wood End Green, Henham & he was a higgler. Alfred’s parents were John Bentley & Hannah Camp.