DENNIS, Percy Arthur

No.18695, Private, Percy Arthur DENNIS
Aged 20

1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Killed in Action on Thursday, 24th May 1917

Percy Arthur Dennis was born in Soham (Newmarket Q4-1896 3B:530), the son of William Henry and Laura Mary DENNIS (née MASSEY).

1901 census...Aged 4, he was at Pratt Street, Soham with his father William H.DENNIS [43] a draper, born Wicken; his mother Laura M. [33] born Dalston, Middlesex; sisters Hilda [13], Laura M. [12], Gladys R. [10] and Dorothy P. [6] and brother Maurice W. [8]. All Percy's siblings were born in Fordham.

He joined Soham Grammar School at the age of 12 years 11 months on 13th September 1910 from the Council School, Soham, leaving Easter 1912. (source-

1911 census...Aged 14, still at school, he was at Pratt Street, Soham with his parents, sisters Hilda, Gladys and Dorothy (now recorded as born in Soham) and his brother Maurice, a draper's apprentice.

The family later moved to Fordham as CWGC have his parents address as Devon Cottage, Market Street, Fordham.

He enlisted in Luton.
The history of the Regiment has the 1st Battalion out of the line in camp north of Roclincourt for the majority of May., stating that," for day and night working parties had to be furnished and the amount of work demanded of them was very strenuous." Only two men were killed that day.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Percy Dennis is buried in Mindel Trench British Cemetery, St Laurent-Blagny, grave C:25
and also commemorated on the Soham war memorial and Soham Village College.

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