Harry Bentley was born in about 1892, the son of Charles and Emily Bentley. His father, Charles, died in Wolverhampton in 1899. By 1901, Harry was living with his widowed mother and siblings Amy, Alice, Frank, Ada, Charles and Violet, at 182 Great Brickkiln Street, Wolverhampton. Harry became a butcher, but on 25 January 1911 he enlisted as a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 8919). This meant that he was at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, with his regiment, by the 1911 census.
Harry disembarked as part of the British Expeditionary Force on 12 August 1914, but was killed in action on 23 October 1914 at Pilkem, Belgium. His photograph appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 21 November 1914. He is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, as well as on the St Paul’s Church war memorial.