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Frederick Claud Dennis was the son of Thomas Dennis and Sarah Jane Welberry, who married at Boston, Lincs. in 1876. They had three children: Arthur James Lewis (b.1879), Mark Randal (b.1881) and Frederick Claud (b.1884). The family addresses, so far identified, were: 78 Bloomsgrove Street, Radford [C.1891]; 10 Albert Grove, Lenton Sands [C.1901 & C.1911]; 70 Hartley Road, Radford [CWGC]. Thomas Dennis had quite a varied career: coal miner [C.1881], general factory labourer [C.1891], blacksmith’s labourer [C.1901], gardener [C.1911]. He died at Nottingham, aged 69, in 1917. His widow, Sarah Jane, died at Nottingham, aged 79, in 1928.
Frederick Dennis worked as an electrical engineer for Nottingham City Council. He attended Norton Street Congregational Church.
01 Aug 1916
592502 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Second Lieutenant Frederick Claude Dennis, served with “B” Company, 17th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire) Regiment (Welbeck Rangers). He was killed during a trench raid on the night of 31st July/1st August 1916. He is buried in Gorre British and Indian Cemetery.(grave ref II.E.17)
Article published 11th August 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “KILLED. “LIEUT. F. C. DENNIS. “Second-Lieut. F. C. Dennis, Sherwood Foresters, formerly of the Electricity Department of the Nottingham Corporation, and of Albert-grove, has been killed in action. He joined the University College Officers' Training Corps, under Captain Trotman in December, 1914, and received his commission in April last year. He went for training to Edinburgh and Newcastle, and was drafted France in May this year. He was only seventeen year old (sic), and was the youngest son of Mr. Dennis, of 88. Garfield-road, Nottingham. The parents have received a communication from the commanding officer, Lieut.-Colonel H. M. Milward, in which he says: "I very much regret to inform you of the death of your son, on the night of July 31st – August 1st. He was killed whilst we were making a raid on the German trenches, while leading his platoon. He was a most gallant young officer, very keen and efficient, and very popular with officers and men. While he had been with this battalion, he had done very well, and his death is a loss not easily replaced." Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. Probate: Frederick Claude of 88 Garfield-road Nottingham second-lieutenant in HM Army died 1 August 1916 in France Probate Nottingham 1 September to Sarah Jane Dennis (wife of Thomas Dennis). Effects £325 6s.
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