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Full Name: John Robert Bentley
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): John Robert
Surname: Bentley
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 56234
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Farm hand
Next of Kin: Miss Mary Elizabeth Wood (friend), The Pines, East Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit: 29th Reinforcements Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company
Embarkation Date: 13 August 1917
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: HMNZT 91
Vessel: Mokoia
Destination: Glasgow, Scotland
Nominal Roll Number: 70
Page on Nominal Roll: 4
Last Unit Served: Auckland Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion
Place of Death: Somme, France
Date of Death: 26 March 1918
Age at Death: 38
Year of Death: 1918
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name:
  • Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial, Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories
Biographical Notes: John Bentley was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Bentley, of Hay Lane Farm, Foston, Derby, England.
Description of Image:
  • Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel Bennett, S. - Best, F.TeK. (photo J Halpin 2010)
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used:
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1918
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