Rank: Able Seaman
Number: J/21845
Unit: HM Submarine E47 ROYAL NAVY
Date of Death: 20 August 1917
Age: 20
Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Henry and his older brother, Hellawell, both served with the Navy during the War and they died less than three months apart.

The Bentleys originated from Stockton on Tees and the first three children of John and Mary were born there. In about 1892, the family was living in Leeds where Edith was born. The following year, on 2 March 1894, they were living in Burnley and Hellawell was born. Two years later found them in Rochdale for Henry’s birth, on 9 December 1896. When the Census was taken in 1901, they were at 866 Bury Road, Bolton.

At some point, they moved to Stockport and, during the War, the family lived at 73 Bowden Street, Edgeley (and later at 10 Derby Street). John Bentley is believed to have died in 1910, aged 60. Nothing else is known of Henry’s life.

Submarine E47 was commissioned on 20 October 1916, with a crew of 31 – 3 officers and 38 ratings. In 1917, she was based at Harwich and undertook patrols in the North Sea off the Dutch and German coast. She sank on 20 August with the loss of the whole crew. The cause is unknown.

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