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  • Photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley
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Daybrook
He was the son of William a framework knitter and Annie (died 1910) Denham and the brother of Elizabeth, May and Hilda Denham. In 1911 they lived at Groves Yard Daybrook.
Coal miner
12 Mar 1915
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858487 - CWGC Website
13848
Private
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He enlisted in 1914 (probably August 31st) joining the 1st Battalion in France on the16th February 1915, when he was posted to “B” Company. William was killed in action during the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. The Germans shelled battalion headquarters at 5 am on 12th March and then attacked in overwhelming numbers. Despite inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy , the battalion was forced back to the support trench some 150 yards to the rear. The battalion regained the original trench through charges and the excellent work done by the bomber Private Rivers (awarded VC for action). After a day of fighting it was decided at 9 pm, to withdraw to the support line and a new defensive line. At some point William was killed and he has no known grave. His name is commemorated on the Le Touret memorial, France.
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  • Photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley
    William Denham - Photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley
  • 13848 Private William Denham, 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) was killed in action during the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, 12 March 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
    William Denham Memorial - 13848 Private William Denham, 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) was killed in action during the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, 12 March 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse