William Dennett (1897 -1916) - Pte 6068 2nd/6th Bn Royal Warwickshire RegimentWilliam Dennettwas, 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 4th (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 1st/4th RSR embarked for Gallipoli in August 1915.William’s CWGC and Medal Roll records put him with the 2nd/6thRoyal 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 61st Division.The first major action in which the Division was engaged turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. An attack was made on 19thJuly 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 2nd/6thRoyal 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..