WALTER HENRY DENSHAM (M C)

Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: East Lancs. Bde. Royal Field Artillery Died of wounds Friday 5th April 1918 Age 19County Memorial Thelwall Area
Commemorated\Buried DOULLENS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION NO.1
Grave\Panel Ref: VI.A.26.
France

Educated at Stonyhurst School from 1907 to Apr 1910 and Shrewsbury School from 1912 to 1915

Gentleman Cadet, RMC, Sandhurst in Sept 1914

Gazetted 2nd Lieut., 16th Battery, 3rd East Lancashire Brigade, RFA (TF) on 3 Aug 15

Served in France and Flanders from 4 Feb 16 to 5 Apr 18

From 22 Aug 16 to 23 Jul 17 he was employed with Trench Mortar Batteries

Twice Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette of 18 May 17 and 26 Sep 17

Awarded the Military Cross in the London Gazette of 26 Sep 17 (citation on 9 Jan 18) “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when his battery was under heavy hostile shell fire. Extensive fires having been caused by the bombardment amongst gun pits, ammunition dumps and camouflage, he organised a party and extinguished the fires, thereby saving four guns from being put out of action and a large amount of ammunition from being destroyed. He set a splendid example of personal courage and initiative.”

At the time of his death he was serving with A Battery, 110th Brigade, RFA (TF)

On 7th April 1918 he died of wounds recieved in action at Hebuterne on 5th April 1918 at the 5th Canadian Hospital at Doullens







Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank Richard Flory for the picture and information on Walter.