Regiment : 15th Battalion attached 17th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles)
Service number : E0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Died of wounds aged 29 on 4th August 1917
Buried : Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium, Grave II. C. 10.
Relatives : Son of Robert William and E.H. Denny, of Briarwood, Mount Pleasant, Redditch
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Also appears on : Redditch Bates Hill Methodist Church now in Redditch Emmanuel Church with the information: Lieut
Credits : Researched by Jillian Coombes.
One of the war poets.
Author of “Lest I no more come back” and other poems, “The Last Adventure,” etc.
The following report appears in The Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Messenger, Saturday 18th August 1917:
Redditch Officers’ Death from Wounds – Second-Lieutenant Ernest Denny London Regt., attached King’s Royal Rifle Corps., who had died of wounds received in action was the second son of Mr and Mrs R. W. Denny, Mount Pleasant, Redditch. He enlisted in the Artists’ Rifles in November, 1915, and received his commission in June of the following year. In December, 1916, he was attached to the King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Messenger digitised by and courtesy of Martin Stephens: http://www.bromsgrovebmsgh.co.uk
On 1901 census Ernest, aged 12, born in Rillington, Yorkshire, lived with his parents Robert W. Denny, Certified Schoolmaster/Headmaster at the Wesleyan School and Ellen Denny at 196 Mount Pleasant, Redditch. On the 1911 census he is aged 22 and seems to be classed as a school teacher, for the county council but also a patient at a Sanatorium in Lowestoft.
On the Ancestry website Probate records Ernest Denny of 196 Mount Pleasant, Redditch, Second Lieutenant, 2/5th Battalion, London Regiment, attached 17th King’s Rifles, died 4th August 1917 in France.