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Boughton, Dunkirk & Hernhill
War Memorials



GEORGE HENRY MORRIS DENNETT

Private     G/25129

8th Battalion, the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)


who died on 21 March 1918       Age 19

George Dennett was the son of James and Eliza Dennett, and  in the 1901 census the family were living at 1 Charlton Place in The Street, in Boughton. James was an agricultural labourer.  George had an older brother, James, and younger siblings Emily, Henry and William.


In the 1911 census the family were living at Wellbrook Farm, and George, aged 12, was still at school. At a meeting of the Boughton and District Ambulance Brigade Minute held on August 4 1914, (the note of which is reproduced on this website) a telegram been received asking for volunteers from the Division to join the Expeditionary Force. Members desirous of joining were asked to give in their names the following morning, and George, then aged 15, was one of six who gave their names.


Private Dennett is remembered with honour at the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France, where his name appears amongst those listed on panels 14 and 15.  He is also remembered at the War Memorial at St. Barnabas Church, Boughton.


The Pozieres Memorial relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918, when the Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields.


Pozieres Memorial commemorates over 14,000 casualties of the United Kingdom, and 300 of the South African forces, who have no known grave, and relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918 when the Allied Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields, and the months that followed before the Advance to Victory, which began on 8 August 1918.


Private Dennett was killed on the first day of the retreat.

Sources:

National Archives in association with  Ancestry.com.  1901 and 1911 England census database.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org

Boughton and District Ambulance Brigade Minute , August 4th 1914

Photos - Owen & CWGC

Pozieres Memorial

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