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Herbert John Dennis

The information on Herbert John Dennis has been compiled from a number of sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the archives of the Llais local newspaper, and detail upon local memorials.

Herbert John Dennis is remembered on the Ystalyfera County School War Memorial

NameHerbert John Dennis
Date of Death11th August 1915
Place of DeathKilled in Action Gallipoli
Age at Death23
Unit and RegimentWelsh Regiment; 1st/4th Bn.
Service Number4000
Personal InformationBorn Clydach 12/11/1892 and Lived at Cannister Road, Ynispenllwch Clydach. Son of Thomas Philip (Born Clydach 1858) Assorter at Tin Works/Stoker and Harriet DENNIS (Born Clydach 1858) of Mount Pleasant Street Clydach / Cannister Road Clydach. [Parents Married 1888]
National School Admission Registers and Log Books shows an entry for Herbert John DENNIS as a pupil of Clydach (Infants) Date of Admission 07/05/1896
He was a member of the Clydach Branch of the Church of England's Men's Society.
Prior to War employed as an Elementary School Teacher at Clydach
Enlisted Carmarthen
Memorial  HELLES MEMORIAL - TURKEY Gallipoli Campaign; Panel 140 to 144.
Local Memorials Ystalyfera County School War Memorial
Clydach. St. Mary's Church, Clydach
Clydach War Memorial Hospital Quarr Road Clydach
Book = Ystalyfera County School THE FIRST 50 YEARS
Known SistersMargaret Amelia DENNIS (Born Clydach 1890) Elementary School Teacher
Mary H DENNIS (Born Clydach 1896) May have died pre 1911
Other Family Grandfather Griffith DENNIS (Born Ystradgynlais 1823-1907)
Grandmother Hannah DENNIS (Born Bristol 1824-1915)
Aunts (daughters of the above) : Elizabeth DENNIS (Born Clydach 1855), Margaret DENNIS (Born Clydach 1857), Rhoda DENNIS (Born Clydach 1860) Married Thomas B THOMAS (Born Llansamlet 1863) Tailor / Colliery Weigher, Emily DENNIS (Born Clydach 1866), Mary Hannah DENNIS (Born Clydach 1867)

From the Cambria Daily Leader newspaper, 13th January 1915 :-

Clydach's oldest inhabitant has passed away in the person of Mrs Hannah Dennis Cook's (Lock's) Cottage Ynispenllwch. Deceased was 92 and had lived in Clydach all her live. She leaves 5 children, 16 grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Buried 14/01/1915 St John's Church Cemetery Clydach
Grandfather Griffith DENNIS died 12/11/1907 aged 84 Buried St John's Cemetery Clydach
Father possibly buried here - died 1923

Mother possibly died 1935 West Glamorgan aged 77 years Unknown Cemetery

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 25th November 1916 :-


An extract from a letter written by George Chappell Hon. Secretary of the Ystalyfera County School Old Pupils' Association

"Those are our six heroes. To them I must add another, Private Herbert John Dennis, of Clydach, who has been reported missing, and believed killed. As nothing has been heard of him for over 12 months, it is to be feared that he has indeed been killed. Dennis was one of the first to join up. He was then a school-master at Clydach. I remember him very well, chiefly for his cheery smile. He was always smiling, and ready for any lark. He was slightly built, but brimful of energy. I did not see him after he left school, but I have a most vivid recollection of his untiring work as a school .forward. He must have proved a willing and energetic Tommy and I cannot conceive of him as being anything but the life and soul of his company. It saddens us all to think of these fellows, who have so nobly laid down their lives for Britain."

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