Dennerley, John W

John William Dennerley, Private 44951, 1st/5th Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers
Died of wounds 7th November 1917 at Lichtervelde, Belgium, aged 28

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of William Henry Dennerley; husband of Harriet Dennerley, of 101 Waterloo Street, Macclesfield.

More information will be added here when research is complete.

 

WW1 SERVICE

John was reported to be missing in the Macclesfield Times on 30 November 1917:

PTE J W DENNERLEY

Official news has reached Mrs Dennerley, 101 Waterloo St, Macclesfield, that her husband, Pte John William Dennerley, Northumberland Fusiliers, was posted missing on October 26th. A letter from a comrade also states that Pte Dennerley was wounded. Educated at Christ Church School, Pte Dennerley is twenty-eight years of age and was formerly connected with Mill Street Mission. In civil life he was employed as a cotton weaver at the Lower Heyes Mill. Pte Dennerley enlisted two years ago and had been in France about eleven months. His brother, Pte Ralph Dennerley, King’s Liverpool Regt, is in training in England. Pte Albert Brandreth, Cheshire Regt, who was killed in action in France twelve months ago, is Mrs Dennerley’s brother.

His death was confirmed in the Macclesfield Times on 15 February 1918:

DIED OF WOUNDS IN A GERMAN FIELD HOSPITAL

Mrs Dennerley, 101 Waterloo St, Macclesfield, has been officially notified that her husband… who was reported missing on October 28th 1917, died on December 7th of wounds sustained in action. Mrs Dennerley has received a communication from the Red Cross Society at Geneva, from which it appears that her husband died in a German field hospital at Lichtervelde from the effects of a wound in the lung…

A memorial service to the late Pte Dennerley was conducted at Mill Street Mission on Sunday by Mr N B Storey… Mr Storey stated that Pte Dennerley had been connected with the Mission since boyhood, having been converted there… He was Secretary of the Band of Hope for over ten years and was most regular in his attendance at the meetings…. Lieut Frank Morris, who acted along with Pte Dennerley as co-secretary of the Band of Hope, read the lesson…

Private Dennerley had in fact died on 7th November 1917, not December as stated in the newspaper.

Private Dennerley was buried in a German military cemetery close to where he died. After the war his body was exhumed and reinterred in Harlebeke New British Cemetery.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private John Dennerley is buried in Grave Ref. XI. B. 7. of the Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private John Dennerley, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private John Dennerley is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church, Ebenezer Chapel, Mill Street Mission and Christ Church School war memorials.

 

NOTES

Brother of Private Ralph Dennerley who served with the King’s Liverpool Regt; brother-in-law of Private Albert Brandreth, 5th Cheshire Regt, who was killed in action in France on 17th June 1916.

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Times: 30 November 1917, 15 February 1918


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