Alfred Bentley lived in Oldswinford and attended Oldswinford C of E School. He enlisted in the Worcesters in 1916 or 1917 and was sent to the 3rd Battalion. By March 1918 the Worcesters were awaiting the first German Spring Offensive which opened on the 21st March. They were not in the front line, but they were involved on the second day of this huge attack. They suffered serious casualties and were sent back to await reinforcements to the quieter sector south of Ypres. When the second German attack started on the 9th April on the river Lys at Armentičres, they were called upon immediately. Their counter-attack failed and they suffered heavily again. Private Alfred Bentley was among the 48 Worcesters who were killed in action on the 10th April 1918. He is buried at Cabaret Rouge Cemetery (20 B 4) and commemorated on the Stourbridge, Oldswinford and Oldswinford C of E School Memorials.
Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge, West Midlands, United Kingdom
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