Denman, F C
FRANK CHRISTOPHER DENMAN
Remembered with honour Bleuet Farm Cemetery: Plot I, Row C, Grave 27.
He had previously been a Corporal in the Emmanual School, Wandsworth, London, O.T.C. He attested in the Territorial Force 4 years service in the U.K. 22 April 1912 at Armoury House, Finsbury Square, London: a clerk to an insurance broker aged 17, 5’7″ tall; Driver 313 ‘A’ Battery Honourable Artillery Company. He served at Home 22 April 1912 to 26 January 1915, when he was discharged as a consequence of being appointed to a commission, now aged 20. He was appointed Adjutant to the 11th Brigade Royal Field Artillery 1 April 1916. He was accidentally wounded 28 April 1916 and went to 7th Stationary Hospital 29 April 1916, discharged to duty 2 May 1916. He was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 8 June 1915, and was killed in action 16* August 1917.
There is a brief article about Frank in the Watford Illustrated dated 20 February 1915; an article about and a Death announcement for him in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 25 August 1917; plus an In Memoriam in the issue dated 17 August 1918.
Son of Emily Charlotte BALLINGER (formerly DENMAN, nee CRUICKSHANKS), and the late Frank Turner DENMAN; husband of Dorothy Margaret (nee SPIVEY) DENMAN.
His parents married 26 June 1893 at St Margaret’s, Westminster, London. Frank died 30 October 1903 in Willesden, Middx, aged 39, and was buried 5 November at St James’, Bushey, Herts. Emily remarried 1906 in the Wandsworth, London, district to Louis Charles BALLINGER. She died 28 August 1936 in Bushey aged 68, and was buried 31 August at St James’, Bushey; Louis died 23 March 1939 in Bushey aged 67, and was buried 29 March, also at St James.
Frank was born 28 May 1894 in Bushey, and baptised 2 September 1894 at St James’, Bushey. He married 21 November 1916 at St Thomas’, Portman Square, London. Dorothy never remarried and died 18 January 1930 in Watford, and was buried 22 January in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford.
There is a Marriage announcement for Frank in the Observer dated 25 November 1916.
On the 1901 Census, aged 6 he lived in New Bushey, with his parents and one sibling. On the 1911 Census, an insurance clerk aged 17, he lived in Watford, with his mother, step-father and two siblings.
Unit84th Battery, 11th Brigade
Date of death17*/08/1917
Age at death23
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)