Walter Bentley was born in Kilnwick on 4 February 1890. He was the youngest of eleven children born to Thomas and Emily Bentley (nee Horsley).
In early April 1911 Walter left Liverpool on board the SS Great Britain for St Johns, Newfoundland. From there Walter travelled to Manitoba, Canada to work as a farm labourer.
Walter enlisted early in the war on 18 December 1914. He had already served in the militia for one year. He joined the 45th Battalion (Manitoba) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a private.
After the war Walter returned to Manitoba to resume his occupation as a farm worker. He married Mary Johanna Sillen on 16 December 1933 at the Mission Church in Manitoba. He died in 1944 in Manitoba.
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