Rank:


Private

Service No(s):


2292; 538401; 614550

Regiment:


Royal Army Medical Corps; London Regiment

Unit:

19th (County of London) Battalion (St Pancras)

Returned:

Yes

Place of birth:

Hornsey

Occupation:

Office Boy, Estate Agents

Date of death:

Cause of death:

Grave or panel reference:

Name of father:

Francis Denny

Name of siblings:

Mabel; Alice

Name(s) of children:

Ronald; Douglas

Died:

No

Date of birth:

24/07/1896

Place of enlistment:

Event:

Age at death:

Cemetery or memorial:

Other memorial:

Name of mother:

Mary Alice Denny, nee Collins

Name of spouse:

Gladys Amy Denny, nee Mackinnon

Address:

20 Corbyn Street, Stroud Green (1911 Census)

Biography:

Frank Herbert Denny was a Stroud Green boy born in 1896, who grew up at 20 Corbyn Street, very close to New Court Congregational Chapel. His father, Francis (known as Frank), was a highly skilled craftsman, described in the 1911 census as a ‘monumental engraver, stone-work.’ He and his wife Mary had three children: Mabel, who was an infant school teacher in 1911, Frank, and Alice, though Alice died in infancy.

Frank was educated at Strand School, a boy’s grammar school with a very good reputation which was located in the basement of King’s College London on the Strand, hence its name. In 1908 Frank was given a free place with a grant from London County Council for five years, though he left in 1910. The records say that on leaving he took up a clerkship with Vincent & Goodrich Accountants. In the 1911 census he is listed as an Office Boy at an estate agent.

Frank enlisted in the Army in 1916 at the age of 19. He served as a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps until March 1918, when he transferred to the 19th (County of London) Battalion (St Pancras) of the London Regiment. The records show his service ending on the day of the Armistice – 11 November 1918.

In October 1919 Frank married Gladys Amy Mackinnon, and they had two sons, Ronald and Douglas. In the 1939 Register, taken at the start of World War Two, the family was living in Bristol. Frank was working for the Air Ministry as a Staff Officer in the Directorate of Civil Aviation Finance and his son Ronald was in the RAF Volunteer Reserve. Frank died in 1947.