Other names: William Sydney Denyard
Locations in this story: Thornford, DorsetAshmore, Shaftesbury, DorsetBramshaw, HampshireBrook Bushes, New Forest, HampshireLyndhurst, Hampshire
Story: William Sydney Denyard Christopher was born with the surname Foot at Thornford, Dorset, on 4 Apr 1899 and baptised there on 7 May 1899 the son of Phyllis Louise Foot. She married a James William Christopher in Thornford on 6 Aug 1905 and William adopted the surname of his step-father. By 1911 the family had moved to Crockers Farm, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset. William had enlisted and joined the 6th Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps as a Private (Service No. 137344). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge on 5 Feb 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. His residence was recorded at Ashmore up until 1920. He married Edith May Bessant on 5 May 1926 at the Parish Church, Bramshaw, Hampshire. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Brook Bushes, New Forest, Hampshire, working as a Farm Labourer. He died at Fenwick Hospital, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, on 26 May 1982.