Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury 2

William Dennis Allum

Surname: Allum
Other names: William Dennis
Other people in this story:
William Cook Allum
Mary Ann Allum
Gladys Maud Gough
Locations in this story:
Westbourne, Sussex
West Dean, Chichester, Sussex
Cranleigh, Surrey
Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Coppice Street, Shaftesbury

William Dennis Allum's birth was registered in Westbourne, Sussex, on 24th November 1896 and he was baptised at West Dean, Chichester, Sussex, on 7th January 1897, the son of William Cook Allum and Mary Ann Allum.  He lived his very early life in West Dean before moving to Cranleigh, Surrey, prior to enlistment during the First World War.   He enlisted on 8 Dec 1915 and joined the 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 25825).  He is known to have served abroad but but not actually where. One of his records refers to him as a Lance Corporal but this is not reflected on his medal record.  He was discharged on 31st May 1919 and granted a limited pension due to having contracted malaria and dysentry whilst on service and awarded the Silver War Badge No. B223055.  He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals.  (His address on the Absent Voters Lists of 1918 and 1919 was shown as 9 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and his names were reversed to 'Dennis William' but his Service No. and Unit were correct.)   The 1921 Census shows him living with his parents at 9 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, working with his father as a Jeweller's Assistant. He married Gladys Maud Gough at Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 18 Jun 1924 and they went on to have two children.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 41 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and described as a Watch and Clock Repairer.  He died in Shaftesbury on 2nd July 1951 and was buried at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, on 5 Jul 1951.


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