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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. 
Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle
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Hucknall Torkard Nottinghamshire
Thomas Bird Dennis was born in 1891 in Huckall Torkard and was the son of Harry Bird Dennis a coal miner and Mary Dennis of 19 Beardall Street, Hucknall, Nottingham. His father Harry Bird Dennis was born in 1855 in Moira, Leicestershire and his mother Mary Dennis was born in 1860 in Oakthorpe, Leicestershire, they were married C1877 and went on to have 10 children , two of whom were to die in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children al born in Hucknall were : Sarah b1880, Henry b182, Mary Jane b1884, Annie b1887, Thomas b1891, Sidney b1893, Lucy Bird b1895 and Nellie Bird b1898. In the 1911 census the family are living at 19 Beardall Street, Hucknall, and are shown as Harry Bird 56 yrs a coal miner , he is living with his wife Mary 51 years and their children Sidney 18 yrs a coal miner, Lucy Bird 16 yrs and Nellie Bird 13 yrs. He was the husband of Amelia (née Hesketh) Bird Dennis, whom he had married in 1913, their marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration district they lived at 4a Beardall Street Hucknall Torkard Nottinghamshire. He had one son, Donald. Don Dennis was to die at Anzio with the Sherwood Foresters in 1944.
09 Sep 1915
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Sergeant
9th Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Sergeant Thomas Bird Dennis, enlisted at Dinnington, Yorkshire he served with the 9th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. He landed in France on 29th July 1915 and was killed in action on 9th September 1915. The war diary for the battalion recorded the events of the day. “BIENVILLERS. The night of the 8th/9th September was the quietest we have yet had. In the afternoon HQ was shelled. Two Sergeants and two Privates who were in a dug out were killed. Six shells in all landed near, and seemed to come from a bearing about 148° true, probably from a German Battery near LA BRAYELLE FARM. No doubt that there is a continual stream of orderlies, and that bombers were also being practised nearby attracted the attention of the German gunners.” The other men killed in the dugout were: L/Sgt. Thomas Bishop of Tudor Road, Leicester Pte. John Cook of Thron Street, Woodville Pte. Walter Shaw of Swannington 'B' Coy He is buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery Grave Reference: I A 54 Above information is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. 
Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Thomas Bird Dennis - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle
  • Photo is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
    Thomas Bird Dennis - Photo is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.