Other names: Tom William
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetHerefordChestnut Grove, New Malden, SurreyBrighton, SussexFranceSt. James' Church, ShaftesburyTan Yard Court, St. James, Shaftesbury
Story: Tom William Dennis was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1879 and baptised at St. James' Church on 28th December 1879, the son of John Dennis and Emma Jane Dennis (née Blandford). He spent his first few years living with the family in Tan Yard Court, St. James, Shaftesbury, until the family moved to Hereford. Tom married Ruby Hilda Philips in New Malden, Surrey, on 22nd June 1911. They went on to have one child. Tom enlisted on 2nd November 1915 (giving his address as 102 Chestnut Grove, New Malden, Surrey) and joined the Army Service Corps (Service No. SS/21328). He rose to the rank of Corporal and served in France being eventually demobilized on 6th February 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. He died on the 5th September 1937 (per the Brighton, Sussex, Registry).