6798, Private, Albert Edward DENNIS
Aged 33

1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment
Killed in Action on Thursday 29th July 1916

Born in Kirtling in Q3-1882 [Newmarket 3b:501] (baptised Kirtling 26th August 1883) son of Harry and Susan Alice DENNIS (née PRYKE), of Icewell Hill, Newmarket.

1891 census...Albert [9] was at Icewell Hill, Newmarket with his father Harry [31], hairdresser born Fordham; his mother Susan Alice [28] born London and his sisters Rebecca [4] and Mabel 93 months] both Newmarket born.

1901 census...Albert [18] was at the Duddery (part of The Rookery), Newmarket with his parents; sisters Rebecca and Mabel, plus new siblings, George [8] and Minnie [4] both Newmarket born.
1911 census...Albert [26] was working as barman at The Wheatsheaf, Regents Street, Newmarket. His parents and sisters Rebecca; Minnie and Alice [8] born Newmarket were still at the Duddery. Brother George was working for Mr Wilson in The Avenue.

His father apears to have died in 1912 and later his mother was at 1 Albion Street, Newmarket. (The Duddery may well have encompassed Albion Street). Unlike 3 census, SDGW has his place of birth as Herne Hill, maybe due to his wife Ada later moving to 18 Poplar Walk, Herne Hill. Believed to have married Ada H CLINCH in Q1-1913 in Lambeth. He enlisted in Camberwell, London.

None of his service records have been found except his medal Index Card. The 1st battalion East Surreys landed at Le Havre on 15th August 1914. Of the 47 men of the 1st East Surreys killed that day, only 5 have known graves, the rest are named on the Thiepval Memorial

His younger brother George was killed 4 months later.. see here

No known grave - Albert is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France-Ref: panels pier and face 6B and 6C
and also commemorated on the Roll of Honour in St Marys Church, Newmarket

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details