3399, Private, No.4 Company, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment
Died of Wounds on the 9th September 1915 aged 23
Fred was the eldest son of local Bricklayer James Bentley and his wife, Amine of 35 Alleyns Road, Stevenage. After leaving school he followed in his father’s footsteps and took up the trade of bricklaying.
He enlisted in the Hertfordshire Regiment on the 15th October 1914 and, following his initial training, arrived in France on the 23rd January 1915. By the 8th February Frederick found himself in trouble and received four days field punishment for gross negligence when cleaning his rifle. Later, on the 25th May, he was deducted four day’s pay for not complying with an order. Two weeks later, on the 6th June 1915, he was wounded in the abdomen, probably as a result of shellfire. Official records show that he died at No.1 Casualty Clearing Station at Chocques on the 9th September 1915 and was buried the same day by the Reverend H.D. Allen.
Frederick is buried in the Chocques Military Cemetery, France. (Grave Reference: I.D.90.)
Medal Entitlement: 1915 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal