Harry Dennis

Surname: Dennis
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
John Dennis
Ellen Dennis (nee Jeffrey)
Helen Dunbar
Locations in this story:
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Nairn, Scotland
Merryton, Morayshire, Scotland

Story:
Harry Dennis was born on 11 Nov 1884 in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised there on 28 Dec 1884 the son of John Dennis and Ellen Dennis (nee Jeffrey).  He lived with his family in Church Street, Fontmall Magna, until he enlisted on 6 May 1902 and joined the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 4696).  He transferred to the 3rd Volunteer Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders on 10 Apr 1907 and later the 6th Battalion. (Service No. 8920).  On the 2 Dec 1910 he transferred yet again to the 4th Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders (Service No. 899).  During all this time he had progressed from the rank of Private to Sergeant.  He was posted to France at the outbreak of war and on 19 Mar 1915 was wounded in action and was posted back to the UK with yet another Service No. 200050.  On his recovery he joined the 7th Division (Salvage Company) of the Labour Corps as he was considered unfit for field duty. (Service No. 222325).  He was discharged on 22 Feb 1919  and a few days later, on 26 Feb 1919, married Helen Dunbar in Nairn, Scotland.   He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals, the 1914/15 Star and the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal.  He re-enlisted with the Labour Corps on 9 Apr 1920 until finally discharged on 8 Apr 1923.    The 1939 Register shows him living at Denson Villa, Merryton, Morayshire, Scotland, described as Laundry Manager (Proprietor).  He died in Nairn, Scotland, in 1953.

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