Private John William Bentham was the son of John Robert Bentham and his wife of 23 Dean Street, Oakham. He is one of 14 men who lived along Dean Street to die on active service during the war. He joined the 3rd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment and later transferred to the 2nd/5th Battalion Hampshire Regiment. He was killed in March 1918, fighting in Palestine with General Allenby. John is buried at the Ramleh War Cemetery in Israel, grave S.27, and is also remembered on the war memorial in Oakham as well as the one to Hampshire Regiment soldiers in Winchester Cathedral.
We are grateful to John's great great grandson Craig Bentham for additional information - see below
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