DENNIS, Charles

No.284215, Gunner, Charles DENNIS
Aged 32

204th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
formerly No SR/9215, Royal Garrison Artillery
Died of his Wounds on Monday, 16th July 1917

Charles Dennis was born in 1884 in Ingham (Thingoe Q4-1884 4A:664) son of Isaac and Ellen DENNIS (née ALDERTON).

1891 census...Aged 6, he was at Seven Hills Cottages, Ingham with his father Isaac DENNIS [28] farm labourer born Eriswell; his mother Ellen [28] born Gedding; sisters Jessie [5] and Louise [3] and brother Arthur [7 months]. All the children were born in Ingham.

1901 census...Aged 16, a shepherd,he was at Cottages, Ingham with his parents (father now horsekeeper); brother Arthur; sisters Susie (louise ?) [13], Gertrude [7] and Olive M [3] all siblings born in Ingham.

1911 census...Aged 26, a woodman, he was at Seven Hills, Ingham with his parents, brothers Arthur (woodman) and Albert [8] born Ingham; sister Olive Maud. 3 of the 10 children had died.

He married Clara PASK [17-3-1885](Samford Q3-1914 4A:2213). They lived at the Street, Chelmondiston and had a daughter, Bertha Ellen, born on 30-9-1915. The pensin card moves his widow to 112 Wallace Road, Ipswich

He enlisted in Ipswich.

He died of his wounds at No.41 Stationary Hospital, Gailly. His service record has not been found, so it cannot be stated exactly where or when he was wounded.

Gailly was the site of the 39th and 13th Casualty Clearing Stations during the early part of 1917, and of the 41st Stationary Hospital from May 1917 to March 1918.

The Bury Free Press of 25th August 1917 reported:-

Our photo is of the sons and sons-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. J.Dennis of Seven Hills, Ingham, all of whom have patriotically served or are serving their country in this world conflict. We hear with regret that one of this gallant quartette has passed into the great beyond. Gunner C.Dennis having given his life in the defence of his nation's honour. He died of paralysis in France.Being a Reserve man he was called up upon the outbreak of war and re-joined his old regiment, the Royal Garrison Artillery. In February 1916 he was discharged for six months. Upon being summoned again to the colours, in August following, he remained in training in England until January 1917, when he was sent out to France,where he served about five months. He was eventually sent to hospital, where he subsequently died. He leaves a young widow and child.

Happily it appears that the other three men all survived

photo:Rodney Gibson

Charles Dennis is buried in Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, grave 1:C:21

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