Charles Cecil Wren BENTLEY

BENTLEY, Charles Cecil Wren

Service Number: 4075
Enlisted: 20 September 1915
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Lismore, New South Wales, Australia, 9 August 1893
Home Town: Lismore, Lismore Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: C of E Grammar School, North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Bank clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 7 October 1917, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Commercial Banking Company of Sydney WW1 Honour Roll, Lismore & District Memorial Honour Roll, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Northbridge (Shore) Sydney Church of England Grammar School Memorial Cricket Ground Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

20 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4075, 26th Infantry Battalion
28 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4075, 26th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
28 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 4075, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Brisbane
7 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 4075, 26th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Charles Cecil Wren BENTLEY was born on 9th August, 1893 in Lismore, NSW

His parents were Ernest William BENTLEY and Alice Margaret WREN

He had previously trained for 1 year (civilian training) and spent 2 years in the Senior Cadets before he enlisted in Lismore on 20th September, 1915 - he embarked with the 26th Battalion, 10th Reinforcements from Brisbane on the HMAT 'Commonwealth' on 28th March, 1916

He was promoted to Corporal on 18th November, 1916 & reverted back to Private on 17th Feb. 1917 and again promoted to Corporal on 18th June, 1917

Charles was Killed in Action on 7th October, 1917 - no known grave - his name is memorialsed at the Australian War Memorial and the Menin Gate Memorial - he was awarded the British War Medal & Victory Medal

His brother 1080 Cpl. Harold Ernest Wren BENTLEY (/explore/people/133266) served in the 1st Light Horse Regiment and returned  to Australia in 1919.