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Denis, W J

Basra War Cemetery & Memorial, Nasiriyah, Iraq

Basra Cemetery, Iraq

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Wednesday 4 October 1916

Commemorated on Halkett Place Primary School Memorial

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 22 January 1916

Another Jersey Soldier Wounded in Persia. Official information has been received by Mr Denis of 21 Sand Street, that his son, Private W J Denis of the 2nd Dorset Regiment, was wounded in action with the Indian Expeditionary Force on 12 December 1915. The message which does not state the nature of the injuries expresses the sympathy and regret of the Army Council. We trust that favourable news will shortly be received.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record


Private William James Denis
2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment

1914-15 Star

Eldest son of Frederick & Ada Florence Denis of 26 Albert Street, St Helier, Jersey.
Died while a Prisoner of War and buried at Mosul. One of two brothers who both fell. Brother of Rifleman Frederick Charles Denis.

Died, aged 21 years, whilst a prisoner of war.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Tuesday 6 June 1916

Several More Jerseymen Prisoners of War. Private W J Denis of the 2nd Dorset Regiment, who it was presumed was besieged at Kut, has been taken a prisoner of war by the Turks. Official intimation to that effect having been received by his parents who reside at 26 Albert Street.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Friday 14 July 1916

Jersey Soldier in Hospital. Mr Denis of 26 Albert Street has received news that his son, Private Denis of the 2nd Dorsets, is at the Red Cross Hospital at Baghdad, but is going on as well as can be expected.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 2 October 1916

Roll of Honour. Private W J Denis of the Dorset Regiment, who after taking part in the gallant defence of Kut el Amarah was taken prisoner by the Turks when General Townshend was compelled to surrender, has unfortunately, like many others of the brave defenders, succumbed to disease. The sad news was conveyed to his father, who resides at 26 Albert Street, that his son had passed away on 8 June last. The sympathy of all our readers we feel sure is extended to the family in their sorrow

Basra pictures courtesy of Sidney Clark and Richard Leigh