Bentley, Thomas Wesley

Regimental Number: 101264
Rank: Private
Branch: 66th Battalion; 102nd Machine Gun Battalion

Wesley was born in Smith Falls, Ontario on February 17, 1894. He had a homestead near Bezanson. Wesley was wounded at the battle of Courcelette on October 31, 1916. He received a gunshot wound in right thigh, as well as shrapnel wounds. A number of surgeries were performed in attempt to fix internal damage the wounds caused. He was discharged in 1917 and returned to Grande Prairie in October of that year. Wesley reattested in January of 1918. Seven months later, he was discharged again as being physically unfit. After the war, Thomas married Dora. They were living in Edmonton at the time of Thomas’s death on February 18, 1957.

Sources: Grande Prairie Capitol of the Peace p. 13, 113; Pioneers of the Peace p. 176, 190, 208, 219