This Weeks New Research

The Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives are, an Able-Seaman from Canning Town, London, a Sergeant from Bexhill, Sussex in the 6th East Kent Regiment and two brothers from Dronfield, Derbyshire who were in the 28th London Regiment and the Sherwood Foresters.. Click on the Description Headings to discover more on their lives.

William Alfred Harden Dennett

The Buffs

William Dennett was born at Bexhill, Sussex. After completing his studies, he was to take up the position of assistant master at St Leonards School, Hythe. On the outbreak of the war he could have obtained a commission, however, he wished to go to the Front sooner. Unfortunately he was to be involved in a training accident while a member of the the 6th East Kent Regiment. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Thomas Edward Craft

The Hood

Able Seaman Thomas Edward Craft was born at Canning Town, London. He joined the navy in 1915 as a boy aged 14 years, just short of his 15th birthday. Serving for the remainder of The Great War he was to see action in World War Two. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Frederick Rotheram Cecil.

Lord of the Manor

Frederick Rotheram Cecil, was born at Knightsbridge, London although his wealthy family was from Dronfield, Derbyshire. He was 2 years old and the eldest child when his father died in 1894, and when he reached the appropriate age became Lord of the Manor. In December 1915 Frederick was to join the Artists Rifles as a Private soldier. To find out more about his story, click the above heading.

Rotheram Bagshawe Cecil

The Somme

2nd Lieutenant Rotheram Bagshawe Cecil was born at Southwold, Suffolk to a wealthy family who were from Dronfield, Derbyshire. Shortly after leaving Tonbridge School, Kent, he was to join the 5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, where he was to take part in the attack on the Gommecourt Salient as part of the Battle of the Somme. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Published by The Moon's a Balloon

I am based in the north of Scotland in the small village of Aberlour. Having served in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in the 1980's, I have a keen interest in military history, in particular the stories of those who served. I was a remote volunteer for the Imperial War Museum website www.livesofthefirstworldwar.org, however that centenary project has now finished and I felt the need to continue with my research and hopefully it will be of interest to others.

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