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William Dennett (1897 -1916) - Pte 6068 2 nd /6 th  Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment William Dennett   was, like his father Frederick, a gardener and was still living at home at the time of the 1911 census. According   to   his   citation   on   the   Commonwealth   War   Graves   Commission   register   he   first   signed   up   with   the   Royal   Sussex   Regiment   as Pte   2425   before   serving   with   the   Royal   Warwickshire   Regiment   as   Pte   6068.   His   Royal   Sussex   number   suggests   that   he   signed   up   for the 4 th  (Territorial Force) Battalion, probably in Horsham, and probably around October 1914. There   is   no   indication   that   William   served   in   the   Balkans,   or   indeed   served   overseas   before   1916,   so   it   is   likely   that   he   was   transferred to the Royal Warwickshires before the 1 st /4 th RSR embarked for Gallipoli in August 1915. William’s   CWGC   and   Medal   Roll   records   put   him   with   the   2 nd    /6 th    Royal   Warwickshires   at   the   time   of   his   death   and   if   this   had   been   his battalion   since   his   transfer   from   the   Royal   Sussex   it   is   likely   that   he   would   have   landed   in   France   with   them   in   May   1916   as   part   of   the 61 st  Division. The   first   major   action   in   which   the   Division   was   engaged   turned   out   to   be   an   unmitigated   disaster.   An   attack   was   made   on   19 th    July 1916   at   Fromelles,   a   subsidiary   action   to   the   much   larger   battle   taking   place   further   south   on   the   Somme.   The   Division   suffered   very heavy casualties for no significant gain and no enemy reserves were diverted from the Somme. It was here that William was killed. The   War   Diary   for   the   2 nd /6 th    Royal   Warwickshires   reported   9   Other   Ranks   killed   in   heavy   shelling   and   William   was   one   of   them.   He   has no known grave but is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in Pas de Calais. He   is   commemorated   on   the   War   Memorial   in   St   Nicholas   Church,   Itchingfield,    and   was   awarded   the   Victory   and   British   War   Medals   for his service. He is also remembered on the family grave in Itchingfield Churchyard. .
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