Charles John Bentley
Merchant Navy. Australian
|Died||2 Feb 1942||(54)|
Roster information listed for Charles John Bentley
|Ship||Type||Rank / role||Attacked on||Boat|
|Spreewald||Motor merchant||Passenger (Prisoner)||31 Jan 1942 (+)||U-333 (1)|
Son of William George and Rebecca Bentley; husband of Emily Olive Bentley, of Albert Park, Victoria.
Charles John Bentley was second steward aboard the Australian steam merchant Mareeba, which had been sunk by the German raider Kormoran in the Bay of Bengal on 26 June 1941. He was taken prisoner, after 103 days transferred to the German supply ship Kulmerland and two weeks later to the Spreewald. He was lost when the blockade runner was sunk in error by U-333 on 31 January 1942, being last seen in a lifeboat on 2 February that went missing.